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Borrowing - Ordering

Find out more about borrowing, ordering, collecting, renewing and returning items within the extensive NEBIS holding.

Register as a user

ZHAW members

Do you already have an IDS or a NEBIS user card? If yes, you can use this card. If not, a user account was automatically been created for you.
In both cases please go the lending desk at your ZHAW University Library for the necessary changes.

External users

Do you already have an IDS or a NEBIS user card? If yes, you can use this card. If no, please register online using the registration form. Then go to the lending desk at your ZHAW University Library. Your user account will be activated and you will receive a NEBIS user card free of charge.


ZHAW media

The majority of the items in the ZHAW holding are freely accessible and, with the exception of the non-circulating items (Präsenzbestand), borrowable.

External media

Many NEBIS libraries participate in the courier service scheme. At all the others, you can use or borrow resources on site or request postal delivery of the items you require (charges apply).  
For deliveries of media resources from the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB), please consult your home library staff, who will arrange for the courier service. If your home library is the ZHAW University Library Zurich, please collect your orders directly from the ZB Zurich. No courier service is possible since the two libraries are closely located.

Electronic media

In addition to print media, the University Library has licensed a large holding of electronic media. Please note that if you wish to use e-media off campus, you must connect to the ZHAW network via VPN.


ZHAW members select their home library in the NEBIS catalogue as their collection point:

  • ZHAW-HSB-WIN (Winterthur)
  • ZHAW-HSB-ZH (Zurich)
  • ZHAW-HSB-WAE (Wädenswil)

External users can specify the ETH library as their home library.

As soon as the items you have requested have arrived at your collection location, you will be notified by email or text message.

In Winterthur or Wädenswil you can also arrange for collection by a third party.


Loan periods can vary depending on the type of resource and the NEBIS library it is held by.

The standard loan period is 28 days (Ausleihe 4 Wochen). You can renew your documents online in your user account (top right). The maximum loan period with several renewals is 168 days. You can find further details on the NEBIS website.


You can return media from NEBIS libraries which participate in the NEBIS loan network at any university library.

To return an item outside opening hours, go to your home library (Winterthur, Zurich or Wädenswil). Please note that late returns may incur a fee.

Not found anything?

General information

  • Have you already searched the E-media portal? It lists all the e-books licensed by the ZHAW.
“I find the Library team is always open to acquisition proposals and requests for inter-library loans.”

Stefan Jörissen, Lecturer

Information for students

Not found what you’re looking for?

Swissbib is the metacatalogue covering the Swiss university libraries, the Swiss National Library and some other institutions. It offers simple access to scientific resources, and most items in the holdings can be ordered using your NEBIS login.

Is the item you’ve found in swissbib not available to order?

You can submit a request for an inter-library loan. Please note that charges apply in accordance with our Library Regulations.

Otherwise, you can submit an acquisition proposal.

Information for staff

The University Library arranges the loan of media from outside the NEBIS network for staff members. Please use the inter-library loan form. You can find further information on our services for ZHAW staff on the Intranet (ZHAW login required - in German).

Otherwise, you can submit an acquisition proposal.