Research services

The Swiss National Library (NL) contains a vast and unique store of information all about Switzerland. It also has a team information specialists who can search through it all and find answers to more or less any question about the country.

Range and access

SwissInfoDesk is the NL’s virtual research service. The team will be happy to help you with your research into a topic related to Switzerland. Depending on your question, we will send you a response within two working days (48 hours) containing:

  • a simple reply
  • a list of publications
  • or comprehensive documentation.

On request, we will also advise and assist you with your own research into bibliographical references, for example if you are working towards a diploma or other end-of-course dissertation.

We have also partnered with a number of other Swiss libraries to expand the range of resources accessible through our virtual Swiss research service.


  • The first thirty minutes are free of charge.
  • Thereafter, the fee for every 15 minutes or part thereof is CHF 35
  • Administrative charge: CHF 10
  • Express research: surcharge of 50% on the fees set out above

No paid research is started without a cost estimate and the customer’s agreement.

To submit your research request, simply complete the form below:


Tips for research

Here is a list of useful research resources based on the most common questions in specific subject areas (genealogy, biography, place names, law, etc.).


National library, cantonal and municipal libraries

Special libraries and institutions

Library and information sciences


Political Science



Military history and history in general

Sociology (Gender studies and Migration)

Communications and transportation

Science, Mathematics, Technology

Landscape architecture, Architecture, Urban building

Drawing (Comics)

Painting and art in general


Literature for young people

Last modification 02.12.2020

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