Our various departments offer a wide range of services, not all of which are accessible at the same times. Here you will find an overview of the reading rooms, the Special Collections and the Treasury.

Information desk, issue and returns counter

  • Monday - Friday

    08:00 - 19:00

  • Saturday

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sunday

    closed

Reading rooms P0 – P3

  • Monday - Sunday

    closed

Open stacks

  • Monday - Friday

    08:00 - 18:45

  • Saturday

    09:00 - 16:45

  • Sunday

    closed

Special Collections – Prints & Drawings, Maps, Manuscripts, Rare Books

  • Monday - Sunday

    closed

Special Collection – Music

  • Monday - Friday

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Saturday

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Sunday

    closed

Treasury

  • Monday - Sunday

    closed

Changed opening hours

24h return: You can return ZB media with your library card at the machine in Chorgasse.

  • Maundy Thursday 2021 (Thursday before Easter) :
    Thu 01.04.2021 all areas closed from 5.00pm.
    Special Collections are closed from 4.00pm.
  • Easter 2021:
    Fri 02.04.2021 through Mon 05.04.2021 all areas are closed.
  • Sechseläuten 2021:
    Mon 19.04.2021 all areas are closed.
  • Spring semester examination period 2021:
    Mon 10.05.2021 to Sun 04.07.2021: reading room and open stacks open Mon to Fri until 10.00pm and Sat to Sun (Sundays only reading room) until 7.00pm.
  • Ascension Day 2021:
    Wed 12.05.2021 from 5.00pm through Thu 13.05.2021 all areas are closed.
  • Pentecost 2021:
    Sun 23.05.2021 all areas are closed.
    Mon 24.05.2021 reading rooms (except Special Collections) open from 9.00am – 5.00pm.
  • Summer break 2021:
    Sundays from 11 July to 29 August 2021 all areas closed.
  • Swiss National Day 2021:
    Sun 01.08.2021 all areas closed.
  • Building inspection 2021:
    Sat 21.08.2021 to Sun 29.08.2021 closed; open only self-service borrowing and courier services from Mon to Fri from 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • Autumn semester examination period 2021/2022:
    Mon 22.11.2021 to Sun 16.01.2022: reading room and open stacks open Mon to Fri until 10.00pm and Sat to Sun (Sundays only reading room) until 7.00pm
  • Christmas 2021:
    Fri 24.12.2021 to Sat 25.12.2021 all areas closed.
    Sun 26.12.2021: reading rooms (except Special Collections) open 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Location

Main building

Main building

Parking for users with restricted mobility is available in the library courtyard. Access via Zähringerplatz.

Building plan

Music Department

Music Department

Choir of the Predigerkirche
Entrance via library courtyard, barrier-free access via Predigerplatz.

Building plan

Treasury

Treasury

Choir of the Predigerkirche
Entrance via library courtyard, barrier-free access via Predigerplatz.

Deliveries – post, couriers, tradespeople

Deliveries – post, couriers, tradespeople

Monday to Thursday
7.15am – 12.00 midday
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday
7.15am – 12.00 midday
1.00pm – 2.00pm
Saturday closed
Delivery location details (PDF)

24-hour return service

24-hour return service

ZB media (except music scores) can be returned at any time via the self-return machine in Chorgasse using your library card.