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University Library Winterthur

The Tista Murk building on the Sulzer site, which extends over approximately 6'000 square metres, offers a modern media, information and study environment.

External view of the University Library Winterthur (MB Building).

Opening hours

Regular opening hours

Monday to Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Special opening hours

Easter Holidays Thursday, 29 March to Monday, 02 April 2018 closed from Thu 6 p.m. reference service 5 p.m.–7 p.m. cancelled
Write Night Thursday, 19 April 2018 open until 12 midnight
Whit Monday Monday, 21 May 2018 closed

Using the media

Specialised fields

The University Library Winterthur is a specialised library focussing on the following disciplines:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Health
  • Engineering
  • Business and Law


The digital room information system Mapongo gives you a graphic overview of where to find what. Most of the holding is borrowable; the non-circulating items are specially marked as "Präsenzbestand". The media in the meta group Law and Politics (RP) and the reference lists in the field of Applied Linguistics (AL) are primarily non-circulating. A book scanner (scan to USB stick) is available free of charge if you want to use these media.

Using the infrastructure

In the Library

You will find a wide range of services and numerous workstations on the ground floor and two mezzanine levels.

  • Information desk
  • Search stations
  • Book scanner (scan to stick, free of charge)
  • Lockers in the basement floor for longer-term use (reservations/loans)
  • Self-service loans during opening hours
  • Self-service returns (ZHAW members 24/7)
  • Reference service
  • 320 individual and group workstations
  • Computer workstations (for ZHAW members)
  • WLAN Access (Wi-fi hotspots for external users)
Sicht von oben ins Erdgeschoss der HSB Winterthur

In the study environment

On the 2nd floor, you will find an excellent study and recreation environment, with a very wide range of workstations and recreation areas. As a ZHAW member, you can enter the building at any time (24/7), as an external user during the library opening hours.

Sofas and individual workstations in the study environment at the University Library Winterthur.

Room rentals to external clients

Rooms in the University Library (Tista Murk building) in Winterthur are currently only available for internal use.

Taking a break

Come to our cafeteria on the ground floor. You will find the opening hours of the cafeteria on the website of SV Schweiz.

ZHAW members can enter the cafeteria at any time with their campus card, external users during the library opening hours.

Cafeteria in the University Library Winterthur.

Quiet room on the first floor

A quiet room, an interreligious space of contemplation and oasis of calm in a hectic study or work schedule, is available to all ZHAW members during the library opening hours.

Exploring the building


Interested in getting to know the University Library better? We offer tours of the building on a regular Basis. Tours are not offered during the exam preparation periods in January, February, May and June.


Individuals or small groups (up to five people) can look round the Library premises during our opening hours. Larger groups (from six people) are requested to give advance notice of their visit. Please contact us to arrange this. Visits by groups are to be avoided during the exam preparation periods in January, February, May and June.

The Library building is designed as a place to work and study. All visitors (especially large groups) are requested to be as quiet as possible. Photographs (without flash) are permitted for private purposes. However, we ask all visitors to refrain from taking photos which include any people (library staff, users, students).