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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.

Opening hours

Regular opening hours

Days Library Building incl. study environment
Monday to Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. ZHAW members 24/7
public 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. ZHAW members 24/7
public 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

* From 1 July 2024, the service hours in the University Library Winterthur will be adjusted.
See the related news item (in German).

For reference service, see the respective consulting hours.

Special opening hours

Event Period Library Building incl. study environment
Summer closing Monday, 22 July to Saturday, 3 August 2024 closed ZHAW members 24/7
closed to the public
Summer opening hours Monday, 5 August to Saturday, 7 September 2024 Mon to Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m. *
Sat closed
ZHAW members 24/7
public Mon to Fri 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Internal event Friday, 30 August 2024 closed ZHAW members 24/7
public 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Using the media

Specialised fields

The University Library Winterthur is a specialised library open to the public that focuses on the following areas:

  • 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 reserve collections in the field of Applied Linguistics (AL) are primarily non-circulating. A book scanner (scan to 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.

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. The study environment is currently accessible during building opening hours (in German).

On the first floor

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.

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).