Swiss National Library
The Swiss National Library (German: Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, French: Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Italian: Biblioteca nazionale svizzera) is the national library of Switzerland. Part of the Federal Office of Culture, it is charged with collecting, cataloging and conserving information in all fields, disciplines, and media connected with Switzerland, as well as ensuring the widest possible accessibility and dissemination of such data.
Swiss National Library
Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek  (German)
Bibliothèque nationale suisse  (French)
Biblioteca nazionale svizzera  (Italian)

The Swiss National Library building in Berne
Established1895 (126 years ago)
Reference to legal mandateLaw about the Swiss National Library (available in German, French and Italian)
LocationBerne, Switzerland
46°56′29″N 7°26′59″E
Branches1 (Centre DürrenmattNeuchâtel)
Items collectedbooks, journals, newspapers, magazines, maps, official publications, posters, drawings and manuscripts
Size5.1M items
Criteria for collectionHelvetica: publications published in Switzerland or written by Swiss authors or concerning Switzerland
Legal depositNo, but agreements with publishers
Access and use
Access requirementsReading rooms: free.
Registration for lending: be Swiss resident or citizen over 18
Circulation78,000 (2007)
Other information
Budget32.9M Swiss francs (2008, incl. internal federal costing; $31.8M, 2nd quarter 2008)
DirectorMs. Marie-Christine Doffey (since 2005)
Staff160 (124 FTE)
WebsiteOfficial website in English
The Swiss National Library is intended to be open to all and, by the breadth and scope of its collection, aims to reflect the plurality and diversity of Swiss culture. It is a heritage site of national significance.[1]
The institution has been going through a period of change since 1990. This phase was given the name of RAMSES: Reorganisation for an Automated Management System and Enhanced Services. The principal objective of this project was to modernise the structure and operation of the Library and to increase services to borrowers and users with a view to transforming the Library into an information centre of truly national proportions.
The Swiss National Library collection includes an extensive collection of books, newspapers, maps and atlases, official publications and printed music. The National Library's book collection contains the entire output of Swiss publishers in all languages, and adds almost 15,000 new publications in a given year.[2]
In addition to printed works, the National Library also allows access to digitized recordings at either the National Library in Bern or the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano.
Special collections that are housed at the National Library include the Lüthi Bible Collection, musical estates, the Archives of the New Helvetic Society and many more collections on topics including library science, press and radio, politics, sports, science and geneaology.[3]
The National Library has an extensive poster collection as part of its Prints and Drawings department that covers Swiss poster production.[4] The poster collection includes the Claude Kuhn Archive, which features over 350 posters created by the Bernese artist.[5]
Quarto is the journal of the Swiss National Library and focuses on a different one of Switzerland's four literatures (German, French, Italian and Romansh) with texts and essays on the featured literature. The journal is published once or twice each year.[6]
See also
  1. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance (1995), p. 105.
  2. ^ NL, Swiss National Library. "Books". www.nb.admin.ch. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  3. ^ NL, Swiss National Library. "Other special collections". www.nb.admin.ch. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  4. ^ NL, Swiss National Library. "Posters: overview". www.nb.admin.ch. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  5. ^ NL, Swiss National Library. "Claude Kuhn archive". www.nb.admin.ch. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  6. ^ NL, Swiss National Library. "Quarto". www.nb.admin.ch. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
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