The book of the anniversary: 125 Years of the National Library

The book marking 125 years of the Swiss National Library is full of surprising information about the diversity of our holdings and offerings. Find out what makes the National Library unique, learn about the history of our institution, and join in the celebrations!


Our anniversary publication takes a look behind the scenes. Contents include:

  • Rash Junior, Franz Hohler, Nicoletta Paolocci and 22 others present their personal treasures from the library.
  • Three Swiss writers – Gianna Molinari, Bruno Pellegrino and Andrea Fazioli – take you on a literary journey through our archives.
  • We discuss the links between reading and rebellion with ETH Professor Michael Hagner.
  • Urs Hafner offers us a short history of the Swiss National Library.
  • A cartoon strip by Fanny Vaucher delves into the depths of the library. 


The National Library’s diversity mirrors the pulse of Switzerland. Our institution has resources on all the Swiss topics you’re interested in. It belongs to everyone who lives in Switzerland. The anniversary book reports on this and much more besides. 

Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek/Bibliothèque nationale suisse/Biblioca nazionale svizzera/Biblioteca naziunala svizra: 125 Jahre/ans/anni/onns. Bern 2020

The book can be purchased from the reception desk of the Swiss National Library, price CHF 10. It can also be ordered from Postage and packing costs CHF 10. 


Last modification 03.01.2022

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