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University Library Zurich

The ZHAW University Library Zurich on the Toni Areal campus together with the Media and Information Centre (MIZ) of the ZHdK offer library services and a joint work, study and search area.

Opening hours

Regular opening hours

Monday to Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

For reference service, see the respective consulting hours.

Special opening hours

Summer opening hours Monday, 8 July to Saturday, 20 July 2024 Mon–Fri 10 a.m–4 p.m., Sat closed  
Summer closing Monday, 22 July to Saturday, 3 August 2024 closed  
Summer opening hours Monday, 5 August to Saturday, 17 August 2024 Mon–Fri 10 a.m–4 p.m., Sat closed  
Knabenschiessen Monday, 9 September 2024 closed  

Using the media

Specialised areas

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


We offer our holdings mainly in electronic formats. The majority of the physical items in the holding are borrowable. Non-circulating items are clearly marked as “Präsenzbestand”. The Mapongo digital room information system shows you where to find what.

Using the infrastructure

You will find a range of services and numerous working and study spaces spread over three floors:

  • Information desk
  • Reference service
  • Search stations 
  • Self-service loans during library opening hours
  • Self-service returns (ZHAW members 24/7, external users during building opening hours)
  • Book scanner (scan to stick, free of charge)
  • Lockers for use during the day
  • Multifunctional device for printing, copying and scanning (for ZHAW members)
  • 120 Working and study spaces
  • Computer workstations (for ZHAW members)
  • Wi-fi access (wi-fi hotspots for external users)

Information for non-ZHAW members

You can use a search station to access our electronic resources. Please note that you can only save items on a personal USB stick.

You can use the book scanners free of charge to scan printed works to your personal USB stick. Alternatively, you can obtain a card at the information desk to use one of our photocopiers.