Library of Swiss art and art history

The SIK-ISEA Library is a reference library, open to the public. It specialises in the art and art history of Switzerland and contains some 150,000 volumes.

The entire collection can be searched online via swisscovery.
Major sections include catalogues of exhibitions, collections and catalogues raisonnés from both Switzerland and elsewhere, international publications on art theory and technology, journals of art scholarship and auction catalogues. In 1999 the Library was able to expand its holdings on European art history when it acquired the «Prof. Eduard Hüttinger Library / Annette Bühler Donation», which contains around 11,500 volumes.


Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 12 am and 1.30 to 5.30 pm (non-lending library)

The library is closed on the following public holidays: 1 January and 2 January (Berchtold’s Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Sechseläuten in Zurich (from 12 noon), Labour Day (1 May), Ascension Day, Whit Monday, National Day (1 August), Knabenschiessen in Zurich (from 12 noon), 24 December (from 12 noon) until 2 January.

On the day before Good Friday, Labour Day (1 May), Ascension Day and National Day (1 August) the library closes early at 4 pm.



2 PCs for online research
WLAN for laptop Internet access
1 (colour) photocopier / scanner
1 book scanner (free of charge; USB stick required)
1 TV for viewing videos (VHS tapes and DVDs)
8 reader spaces, reading corner

You are welcome to take your break in the Salon vert and adjoining loggia on the ground floor of Villa Bleuler.

Contact and directions

Barrier-free access

For barrier-free access to the SIK-ISEA Library, please use the entrance on Feldeggstrasse at no. 84. You can ring the bell or else contact us by phone (+41 44 388 51 60). Wheelchairs can circulate freely throughout the Library. A wheelchair-accessible toilet is available.


Eva Müller, I&D Spezialistin (MAS IS), Head of Library
Roland Früh, art historian, lic. phil., Head of Library 

Zollikerstrasse 32
P.O. Box
CH-8032 Zurich
T +41 44 388 51 60

The library of SIK-ISEA is a partner of SwissInfoDesk, the Swiss online reference desk.