Swiss National Library

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Swiss National Library
Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek  (German)
Bibliothèque nationale suisse  (French)
Biblioteca nazionale svizzera  (Italian)
Logo der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft.svg
Swiss National Library building.jpg
The Swiss National Library building in Berne
Established1895 (125 years ago) (1895)
Reference to legal mandateLaw about the Swiss National Library (available in German, French and Italian)
LocationBerne, Switzerland
Coordinates46°56′29″N 7°26′59″E / 46.94139°N 7.44972°E / 46.94139; 7.44972Coordinates: 46°56′29″N 7°26′59″E / 46.94139°N 7.44972°E / 46.94139; 7.44972
Branches1 (Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel)
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 (German: Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, French: Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Italian: Biblioteca nazionale svizzerais) 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.

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.


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