Guided tours

Free workstations in the Swiss National Library
Learn about the NL’s premises and services.
© NL, Simon Schmid

Learn more about the National Library (NL) and find out how to make the best use of its services.

Guided tours

A standard tour of the public areas includes the following:

  • an introduction to the history of the NL and its work
  • information about the services it offers
  • samples from the collections

We can organise tours for groups of five or more on request. Individuals can join a group.

For groups with special interests, we can also put together a programme focusing on additional areas, such as

  • conservation and restoration
  • the Literary Archives and the Hermann Hesse room (memorial and exhibition room with documents and objects from the writer’s literary estate)

Introduction for students

This introduction offers an overview of

  • the collections
  • how to use the NL
  • the NL’s services

Afterwards you will be better placed to assess which topics and issues merit a visit to the NL.

Possible focus areas for the introduction:

  • collection mandate, holdings
  • tour of the public areas
  • a practical overview of the work facilities, study carrels, IT resources, new media, photocopiers and microfilm readers, etc.
  • searching in the catalogues and ordering documents
  • the Helveticat electronic library catalogue
  • specialist bibliographies and reference works, online, offline and in print

We will be happy to organise student introductions for groups of five or more (e.g. proseminars, tutorials). Individuals are welcome to join.

Brief introduction for new users

When you first register with the NL we can arrange a short (roughly 20-minute) guided tour of the main rooms and facilities and answer your most immediate questions.

Contact a member of staff to make a booking.

Last modification 28.07.2021

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