Terms of Delivery for Books


The following cannot be borrowed:

  • Works published before 1900
  • Manuscripts
  • Rare printed editions
  • Loose-leaf collections
  • Reference works


Users will be notified by email as soon as the books they have ordered are ready to be picked up at one of our information desks.

Delivery Periods (Non-Binding)

From Switzerland 1 to 2 weeks
From Germany, Austria, and the UK 2 to 4 weeks
From France, Italy, Eastern Europe, and overseas 4 to 12 weeks

Document Delivery Fees

  Fee per medium
from swiss libraries CHF 12.-
from european libraries (excl. GB) CHF 30.-
from libraries in GB and outside Europe CHF 45.-

All prices include VAT.

Loan Periods

Loan periods are as specified by the library lending the material.

You should request renewals before the loan period has elapsed by emailing (docdel@hbz.uzh.ch). We will forward your request to the library lending the material.

Depending on the library lending the material, renewal may be subject to a charge.


You must return borrowed material by the deadline. Overdue material will trigger reminders, which you will be charged for.

When you return material by mail you are responsible for ensuring it is returned undamaged.