- From age 16
- Place of residence or study in Switzerland, or members of an institution belonging to the Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule higher education network
You need a valid library card to borrow material.
The following count as valid library cards:
- NEBIS library cards
- IDS library cards
The following items of ID can be used. However, the holder must register before using for the first time:
- UZH Card
- Careum Training Center ID
- BibliOpass library cards
If you're not sure whether your card is valid, please drop by and we'll check whether your card can also be used at our library.
If you don't have a library card you can register with us.
If you've lost your library card, please go to one of our borrowing desks so that we can block your old card and issue you a replacement. The replacement pass is free of charge.
Your library card is linked to a user account.
You can use your user account to:
- Manage your address, email, and password
- View your material on loan, orders, and charges
- Renew media
If you've forgotten your password, please notify us so we can reset it. You can then modify this password as desired in your user account.
Your UZH short name and UZH passwords are independent of your user account, and must be managed in the Identity Manager.
If you don't yet have a library card you can register online. Your registration can be activated at one of our borrowing desks or at the desk of a NEBIS member library. For your registration to be activated, you must produce a personal ID, for example your ID card.
You can borrow material as soon as your card has been activated.
Lending Desk & Self-Service Point
Anyone with a library card can take out borrowable material direct at the self-service point or lending desk.
A maximum of 20 documents may be borrowed from each site library.
|General loan period||28 days each time|
|1st and 2nd renewal: automatic||28 days each time|
|3rd to 5th renewal: via your user account||28 days each time|
Once the loan period has elapsed, the Main Library will send you a reminder (no charge) with the request that you renew or return the material.
You can only renew if no one else has reserved the material and you have not yet reached the 6-month maximum loan period. If renewal is not possible, you must return the material.
Once the loan period has elapsed, the material is automatically deemed to be overdue, and the reminder process will be activated as per the Main Library Regulations (PDF, 88 KB). After a recall, the first reminder and subsequent reminders (a maximum of three in total) will be sent at intervals of least one week. The third reminder will be sent by registered mail. Non-deliverable recalls and reminders will not be accepted as justification for late returns.
Ordering for Delivery to Another Pick-Up Point
The Main Library does not belong to the NEBIS loan network.
The following services are available (some subject to a charge):
|Material from the Main Library and the Department of Psychology Library||To the lending desk at the other sites||No|
|Material from the Main Library||By mail to your home address||Yes|
|Material from any external library||To the lending desks of the Main Library (order documents)||Yes|
Staff in departments at the Irchel Campus can order material from the ETH library for delivery to their workplace free of charge. Please contact Main Library – Science to activate this service.
Material out on loan can be reserved (see YouTube tutorial). You will be notified when the reserved material is made available. Material is made available for one week.
It is not possible to make a reservation for a specific date or time.
Returning Borrowed Material
Material borrowed from the Main Library can be returned at the following locations:
- Main Library – Medicine Careum
- Main Library – Science
- Department of Psychology Library
Returns by mail are possible.
The Main Library will not take back material borrowed from other libraries.
If you lose any borrowed material you must notify the Main Library immediately. You will be charged the actual costs of acquisition and a processing fee, plus reminder fees (see Main Library Regulations (PDF, 88 KB)).
Borrowing material from the Main Library's holdings is basically free of charge.
In certain cases, for example if material is returned late, specific fees will be charged (see Main Library Regulations (PDF, 88 KB)).
You can pay reminder fees at the Main Library – Medicine Careum and Main Library – Science lending desks.
Using the Historical Collection
Special terms apply to the library's collection for the history of medicine. See Historical Collection.