Requesting or reserving books online

You can request or reserve the media you require online in the Rechercheportal. Requests can only be made for documents that are held in closed stacks. Media in the open stacks can be collected straight from the shelf. Books can only be reserved if they are out on loan.

How it works

  • Log in online. The login for the Rechercheportal is at top right.
  • Find the medium in the catalogue and click on the title.
  • The detailed view opens. Select “Loan”.
  • This displays the new function window. Select “Pickup/delivery location” as required. If there is a fee for sending a book, this will be shown next to the delivery location.
  • Click on “Send request”.

If there is no request link in the catalogue, complete the “Neue ZB-Magazinbestellung” (“New ZB closed stacks order”) form in your user account and send it.

Delivery times

The delivery time for a document is usually indicated in the Rechercheportal. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Generally, delivery times are as follows:

Location: Delivery time:
ZB stacks
one hour
Speicherbibliothek (external book repository)
one to two working days
ZB external repositories
one to three working days

Collection Points and Time Limits

On submitting an order, you can select from a choice of collection points or request postal delivery. There is a courier service to the ETH and to the IDS libraries. Loanable items must be collected within 7 working days. Reading Room items will be held for a month.

Collective Holdings in the Cooperative Storage Premises (Speicherbibliothek)

Copies can be ordered from the collective holdings of the cooperative storage premises (Speicherbibliothek): loans are unfortunately not possible. However, the complete stock can be consulted personally in the Reading Room of the Speicherbibliothek in Büron, Kanton Luzern. For further information or to make an appointment to use this Reading Room, please contact

Ordering copies and reproductions from our holdings

If you need copies of essays from magazines or books, we will be happy to send them to you electronically or by post, on payment of a fee.

How it works

  • Log in online. The login for the Rechercheportal is at top right.
  • Find the document in the catalogue and click on the title
  • The detailed view opens. Select “Photocopy order”.
  • This displays the new function window. Under “Pickup/delivery location” select e-mail or post. Then enter the bibliographical details.
  • Click on “Order with costs”. For details of costs see the “Fees” page.

Delivery takes 1 to 2 working days.

Birthday newspapers – a special service from the ZB

Would you like to give someone a complete issue of a newspaper or part of one for their birthday or anniversary? We offer copies (max. 10 pages per issue) of Zurich newspapers for a flat fee of CHF 25 (plus postage). Paper copies are supplied in laser quality (A3 format). Delivery takes 1 to 2 weeks.

How to obtain your copies

Send us an e-mail containing the following information:

  • Newspaper title
  • Date of the desired issue. If the day concerned is a Sunday or public holiday, would you prefer the next day’s issue?
  • Details of pages/sections (max. 10 pages)
  • Your delivery and invoice address

Other reproductions

Interested in a special reproduction? For media from our general collections, contact For material from the Special Collections, contact the collection concerned.

Cannot find the literature you are looking for at the ZB?

Looking for a specific book that we don’t hold? Information on borrowing, requesting and returning media from other locations can be found under interlibrary loans.

Returns and reminder fees

Information on returns and reminder fees for ZB items can be found on the Borrowing page of the Zentralbibliothek website.