Swiss National Library

Switzerland is our subject

Every book, every newspaper and every periodical that has appeared in Switzerland since 1848. Everything published abroad that deals with Switzerland or its people. The complete works of Swiss writers and translators. The National Library collects printed and electronic publications from and about Switzerland, and ensures that they are preserved and remain accessible.
The National Library also incorporates the Swiss Literary Archives, which hold and catalogue the literary estates of authors from each of the country’s four language regions. The Library’s Prints and Drawings Department archives visual documents such as photographs, postcards and posters.
The Swiss National Library’s exhibitions shed light on individual areas of its holdings, and offer an insight into Switzerland’s rich written cultural heritage.

Visitor information

Opening hours
Mon - Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


  • From the railway station
    Tram 6, 7, 8 to Helvetiaplatz

  • Wheelchair access

  • Café

  • Library
    Mon - Fri 9 - 18
    Sat 9 - 16
    Sun Closed

  • Library shop