Print collections

In 1898, the Swiss National Library (SNL) became the custodian of the Friedrich Staub Collection and thus laid the foundation of its Print Room. Given the significance of the documentary aspect of the collection, it was continually developed over the years. It now contains prints dating back to the 17th century onwards in the following areas:

  • Scenes of Switzerland;
  • Swiss historical scenes;
  • Representations of regional culture such as customs, festivals, traditional costumes;
  • Portraits of Swiss citizens and famous personalities;
  • Various prints.

Further information

Opening hours

Access to the collections on appointment; an advanced reservation is required.

Guided tours

Introductions to the print and drawing collections for schools or groups on appointment.

Last modification 15.02.2011

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Swiss National Library
Prints and Drawings Department
Hallwylstrasse 15
3003 Bern
Phone +41 58 462 89 71

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