From 8 June the library will be operating normal hours (Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–6 p.m.). The reading rooms, public areas, exhibition and bistro will be accessible again.
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:
National library, cantonal and municipal libraries
Special libraries and institutions
Library and information sciences
Military history and history in general
Sociology (Gender studies and Migration)
Communications and transportation
Science, Mathematics, Technology
Landscape architecture, Architecture, Urban building
Painting and art in general
Literature for young people
Last modification 08.06.2020