Location and opening hours

The Rare Book Department is located on the third floor of the old library building. The Reading Room with 23 workspaces is open from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 18:00 and Saturday beteen 10:00 and 16:00. A microfiche reader, a mains connection and WLAN for laptops and search engines for the online library association catalogue are available.

There is a comprehensive Reference Library in the Reading Room. In addition to bibliographies and reference works it also contains literature on books/the history of books, the library sector/library history, private libraries, bookplates, the history of book publishing, typesetting and printing techniques, bibliophily, book illustration, flyers and newspapers, etc.


Provision of documents in the collections and special literature for use in the Reading Room of the department in accordance with the conditions of use of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB). Information on the items in the collections (excluding expert opinions and valuations of items belonging to third parties). Copying of documents in the collections as per the relevant price list of the ZB's Digitization centre. The Library is not obliged to make copies; the protection of documents takes precedence when a decision is taken.