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The ZHAW University Library offers you support and consulting in response to all questions related to information competence, Open Access and publishing. The Library is an attractive place to work and promotes the exchange of ideas and experience on campus.


The ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences was formed in 2007 with the merger of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur (ZHW), the University Wädenswil (HSW), the University of Applied Psychology (HAP) and the University of Social Work. The eight existing libraries from these four institutions were combined to create the ZHAW University Library.

In the summer of 2014, the Applied Psychology and Social Work libraries moved into their new premises in the Toni-Areal, which they share with the Media and Information Centre (MIZ) of the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2015, the five sub-libraries (Architecture and Engineering, Health, Linguistics, Technology, Business and Law) have occupied a new building in the Sulzer-Areal. As the ZHAW University Library Winterthur, they provide joint library-related services. Find out more about the history in our brochure "Von der Industriehalle zur Hochschulbibliothek".

University Library strategy

At their meeting on 26 October 2017, the ZHAW Executive Board agreed to support the University Library strategy. This strategy focuses on four development areas.

Vocational training

Apprenticeships at the University Library

Every three years the University Library in Winterthur offers an apprenticeship in Information and Documentation leading to the Swiss Federal Certificate of Proficiency (EFZ).


University Library Management team



Gabriela Lüthi

Director of Department, Head of the ZHAW ...
Head of the ZHAW University Library

+41 (0) 58 934 41 94

Library Services Winterthur

Sylvia Wanke

Deputy Head, Deputy Head

+41 (0) 58 934 49 29

Winterthur - General enquiries
+41 (0) 58 934 75 00

Library Services Wädenswil/Zurich

Zurich - General enquiries
+41 (0)58 934 86 86

Wädenswil - General enquiries
+41 (0) 58 934 59 99

Education Services

Research & Infrastructure

UAS Coordinator for the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Susanna Landwehr-Sigg

+41 44 510 16 67


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