Opening times

Museum, boutique and bistro

Tu – We 10:00 – 17:00

Th 10:00 – 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Library

Tu – Fr 10:00 – 17:00

Th 10:00 – 19:00

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Sa 12/21/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/22/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Fourth Advent

Mo 12/23/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 14:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Fr 12/27/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Sa 12/28/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/29/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Mo 12/30/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Mo 4/20/2020 closed Sechseläuten

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Holiday

Sa 9/5/2020 18:00 – 23:59 Zurich's long night of museums

Su 9/6/2020 0:00 – 2:00 Zurich's long night of museums

Mo 9/14/2020 closed Knabenschiessen

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Opening times

Museum, boutique and bistro

Tu – We 10:00 – 17:00

Th 10:00 – 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Library

Tu – Fr 10:00 – 17:00

Th 10:00 – 19:00

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Sa 12/21/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/22/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Fourth Advent

Mo 12/23/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 14:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Fr 12/27/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Sa 12/28/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/29/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Mo 12/30/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Mo 4/20/2020 closed Sechseläuten

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Holiday

Sa 9/5/2020 18:00 – 23:59 Zurich's long night of museums

Su 9/6/2020 0:00 – 2:00 Zurich's long night of museums

Mo 9/14/2020 closed Knabenschiessen

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Library

In its main focus areas of Cultural History, History and Art History, the Swiss National Museum’s publicly accessible library presents current exhibition catalogues and the latest volumes of a large number of journals. The Museum library offers attractive work spaces with views of the Limmat and Platzspitz Park; in the summer months the terrace is opened.

The library’s collection comprises around 85,000 individual publications and 700 current periodicals. All holdings can be ordered via the www.nebis.ch catalogue.

The library is closed on public holidays.

Currently

Due to the current renovation phase in the Landesmuseum Zurich, the library stock location is only accessible under difficult conditions. Media orders from the locations "Magazin" and “Rara” must therefore be made 1 day in advance, via NEBIS catalog or e-mail. Thank you for your understanding.

Library holdings

Library

National Museum Zurich +41 44 218 65 31 bibliothek@nationalmuseum.ch

The extension to the Swiss National Museum houses a reading room with pleasant workstations as well as copying and scanning facilities. In summer, there is access to a balcony overlooking the river Limmat. Two workstations allow access to the object database of the Swiss National Museum, the recordings of the Swiss National Sound Archive, and the Memoriav Plus database.
The library’s monographs and journals are listed in the NEBIS interlibrary system catalogue through which they can be reserved. Use of the library and its holdings is free of charge.

The library at the Swiss National Museum is a reference library. As a special service, it offers users the chance to borrow most of its items over the weekend (Friday to Tuesday). Items can be reserved a day in advance using the online catalogue at www.nebis.ch.

Items requested before 08:00 via NEBIS, email or phone are available for use after 10:00.

The NEBIS catalogue indicates where items are stored. ‘Nachschlagewerke’ and ‘Freihand Lesesaal’ mean that items are available in the open access sections of the library.

Reservations are essential for items stored in the closed stacks, the rare books section, or in the ‘Grafik/Foto’ depot. Items stored at our ‘Konradstrasse’ and ‘Affoltern am Albis’ locations need to be reserved at least four working days in advance of use.

Historical journals without specific copies can also be ordered online by using the general order form. The volume and year must be indicated under "Comment". 
Items are held on reserve for readers for a week.

Items consulted in the reading room or the study centre are issued to a personal library account, and need to be returned before closing time.

Die meisten Bestände können jeweils über das Wochenende von Freitag bis Dienstag ausgeliehen werden. Historische Bestände vor 1901, grossformatige Werke und Faksimiles aus der Faksimile-Sammlung sind von der Ausleihe generell ausgenommen. Über weitere Ausnahmen entscheidet das Personal. In besonderen Fällen kann die Bibliothek längere Ausleihen nach Absprache gewähren (z. B. Dissertationen, besondere Forschungsprojekte etc.).

Ausleihen sind kostenlos. Für Mahnungen gelten die Benutzungsgebühren des NEBIS-Verbundes.

DVDs/videos cannot be viewed in the library. They may be reserved online at www.nebis.ch, collected from the library, and borrowed for seven days.

Interlibrary loans are not available to private individuals. Items are made available for interlibrary loan solely upon request by another library. Private individuals may request photocopies, which are subject to a fee.

Interlibrary loans may not be obtained for external customers – i.e. publications are only dispatched following interlibrary loan requests from other libraries. 
Photocopy orders placed by private individuals are subject to a fee.

Long-term readers and researchers are free to compile their personal collection of reference books on condition that items are always available to other interested readers.

A4 and A3 photocopies and printouts in b/w or colour can be made at the library. Subject to a fee, photocopies or PDF files may also be requested by email to (bibliothek@nationalmuseum.ch).

An A2 book scanner is available for use. Scans may be downloaded free of charge onto a USB stick or stored on a mobile phone by means of a QR code.

The copying or scanning of facsimiles, or of other items from the collection of graphic art and historic photographs, is not permitted. Moreover, librarians may use their discretionary power to restrict a user’s photocopying or scanning rights if they consider a document to be at risk.

In the case of documents protected by third party intellectual property rights, especially copyright, users are obliged to obtain the necessary rights themselves. In particular, scans and copies may be made for personal use only. The complete or almost complete duplication of works that are available to buy commercially is not permitted. The SNM library can assume no liability for the use of documents by its users or third parties.

The library maintains a publication exchange scheme. Institutions or libraries interested in receiving SNM publications in return for their own publications should contact the library by email: bibliothek@nationalmuseum.ch. This scheme is not open to private individuals.

Special holdings

The library has a large collection of auction catalogues from the 19th century to the present day, and actively continues to expand its collection. Various auction houses from Switzerland (Zurich, Berne, Basel, etc.), Europe (Munich, Paris, Berlin, etc.), and further afield are represented.

The SNM library holds a large, historically complete collection of Swiss almanacs, which are catalogued and may be reserved in NEBIS (shelf numbers are prefixed ‘Kal’).

The Swiss National Museum’s unique collection of facsimiles includes lavishly illustrated manuscripts from the 8th to the 16th century; new editions are added as they are published.

All facsimiles are listed in the NEBIS catalogue and may be reserved in advance for study in the library’s reading room.

Research

The SNM library’s book holdings are catalogued on NEBIS, which is used for reservations. Journal titles are also included there, some records only in summary form. In such cases, please reserve items by email or phone, and provide details of the issue or volume you require.

Swissbib Meta-catalogue of Swiss university libraries, the Swiss National Library, several cantonal libraries, and other institutions.

KVK – Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog Book search engine that provides details of several millions of items in library catalogues worldwide.

Codices.ch Ancient and medieval manuscripts in Switzerland
E-Codices Switzerland’s virtual manuscript library
E-Rara Digitized rare books from Swiss libraries

e-periodica Full texts of Swiss journals online
Swiss journal portal Print journals available in Swiss libraries
Electronic journals library EZB Electronic journals in the field of science

Subject-specific information

Propylaeum Virtual library classical studies
Archaeological literature – digitized Collection of digitized archaeological literature from the 16th to the early 20th century held by Heidelberg University Library
Archäologie Online News service on all aspects of archaeological sciences
ZENON DAI Central online catalogue of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Conference of Swiss Cantonal archaeologists
Portal classical studies in Switzerland

Infoclio Portal for history and related disciplines in Switzerland
Bibliography on Swiss history
Historicum Historical sciences online – topics, countries, research, teaching and learning
Clio online Portal for history and related disciplines
Systematic overview of the Swiss Federal Archives

SIKART Online information system on historical and contemporary art in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, hosted by the Swiss Institute for Art Research
arthistoricum.net Virtual specialist library for art
ART-Guide Collection of Internet resources on art history (Link falsch)
artdiscovery.net Virtual catalogue for art history
artcyclopedia Online reference source on international artists, artworks and museums of art
sciences-arts.ch Portal for art, music and theatre in Switzerland
https://www.graphikportal.org/ Collections of graphic art online
Auction catalogues Complete online versions of German, Swiss and Austrian auction catalogues from 1930 – 1945.

HLS Historical Dictionary of Switzerland
Zedler Encyclopaedia by Johann Heinrich Zedler 1731-1754
DWB German dictionary by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Middle High German dictionary
ZVDD Reference of digital versions of print works in Germany from the 15th century to the present day

museums.ch Platform of Swiss museums
ICOM International Council of Museums
Virtual Library Museums German section of ICOM’s Virtual Library museums’ pages
euromuse.net Information on museums and exhibitions in Europe

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