The Swiss National Museum’s publicly accessible library specializes in archaeology, art history, cultural history, Swiss history, museology, restoration and conservation.

The library’s collection currently includes some 70,000 volumes as well as approximately 800 current subscriptions to periodical. There is an emphasis on exhibition and auction catalogues. Of particular note is the facsimile collection from Faksimile Verlag…
More information on the facsimile collection

Use of the library

The SNM library is a reference library with a reading room and photocopying facilities. Most items can be borrowed over the weekend (from Friday to Tuesday). However, you are advised to order books in advance by e-mail or phone.

Research & holdings

Acquisitions made since 1994 can be found using the NEBIS catalogue (NEBIS = Network of Libraries and Information Centres in Switzerland):
Acquisitions made before 1994 may be found by using the subject card index at the reading room. A preliminary inquiry by email or telephone is the best approach for this old stock.

Research in Nebis

institution = ETH Libraries and Consortia EAD50 institution code = E00

Recent aquisitions

- Recent acquisitions: in the current month

- Recent acquisitions: last month

- Recent acquisitions: the month before last

Please note …

… that literature on conservation/restoration, conservation research and numismatics is located in the Collection Centre in Affoltern am Albis. These items can be ordered via the library in the Landesmuseum Zurich: Tel. +41 (0)44 218 65 31 or

Swiss National Museum publications

The Swiss National Museum regularly publishes its own publications. All previous titles are available and may be consulted at the library or borrowed over the weekend.

Download list of publications

A few useful links for Internet research can be found here:
Link list


Phone: +41 (0)44 218 65 31

Brigitte Burkhalter
Phone direct: +41-(0)44 218 65 95

Lea Hatvani
Phone direct: +41-(0)44 218 65 96

Opening hours of the library
Tuesday to Friday: 01.00 pm - 05.00 pm
Closed on public holidays

Reference library. All stocks should be ordered half a day in advance by phone or mail. Weekend loan.
Swiss National Museum
Landesmuseum Zürich
Museumstrasse 2
8021 Zurich

Tel. +41 (0)44 218 65 11
Fax +41 (0)44 211 29 49
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