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 131,300 volumes.

The entire collection can be searched online via the integrated NEBIS catalogue.
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 15,600 volumes.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 1.30 to 5.30 pm (non-lending library)

The library is closed on the following dates in May:

  • From 4pm Monday April 30 to Tuesday May 1, 2018 (Labour Day)
  • From 4pm Wednesday May 9 to Thursday May 10, 2018 (Ascension Day)
  • Monday May 21, 2018 (Pentecost)
The Library can also be used in the mornings from 9.30 to 12 noon by members of the Association for the Promotion of SIK-ISEA (information desk unstaffed). 


2 PCs for online research
WLAN for laptop Internet access
2 (colour) photocopiers / scanners
1 TV for viewing videos (VHS tapes and DVDs)
Desks, reading spaces

New: From 2017, you are welcome to take your break in the Salon vert and adjoining loggia on the ground floor of Villa Bleuler.


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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.


Regula Fischer, librarian, Head of Library
Mario Lüscher, art historian, lic. phil., Subject Specialist

Zollikerstrasse 32
P.O. Box
CH-8032 Zurich
T +41 44 388 51 60
F +41 44 381 52 50

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