Historical Collection


From 20.09.2021 until further notice:

UZH libraries accessible with certificate and mask
(Loan and return exempt from certificate requirement)

Available services of the UZH Libraries




The Main Library holds a historical collection on medicine originating from the former Institute for the History of Medicine at the University of Zurich.

The collection features documents from the early modern period up to the twentieth century, including old and rare prints as well as volumes of plates and images with historical illustrations.


You can use the historical collection at the Main Library – Medicine Careum.

Please order documents via the Rechercheportal.

Supply for documents printed before 1800 and Folio takes up to 2 working days.

For photocopies please contact our staff at the lending desk.