About us

Core Mission: Public University Library

The Main Library (HBZ) is the library of the University of Zurich for natural sciences and medicine.
Specialized departments of the HBZ provide services for the entire UZH.
The Main Library represents the UZH in regional and national projects and committees.

Subject-specific tasks Natural Sciences and Medicine

The Main Library provides the members of the University, the University Hospital and the Careum Education Center with electronic and printed media.
The three libraries on the Irchel Campus and Campus Careum serve as learning centers with integral service on site.

Comprehensive University Tasks and Services

Library Coordination Hub UZH | Library Portal | Library Navigator | Information and Advice for Institute, Seminar and Faculty Libraries
E-Media Licensing | Access Management | Support
Information Literacy Organisation and execution of workshops
Long-term Archiving Archiving Systems LOCKSS & Portico
Open Access Document Server ZORA | Funding | Research Data
Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Representation | Consulting | Administrative tasks
Projects Participation in in various joint projects

Cooperations and memberships

The services of the Main Library are coordinated with the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, the ETH-Bibliothek Zürich and other Swiss university libraries.

The Main Library represents UZH in

KDH Konferenz Deutschschweizer Hochschulbibliotheken
Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries
Verein Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz

SLiNER Swiss Library Network for Education and research

SLSP Swiss Library Service Platform

The Main Library is a member of

AGMB Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Medizinisches Bibliothekswesen
Biomed Biomedizinische Bibliotheken
DACHELA Deutschsprachige Ex-Libris-Anwendergruppe
EAHIL European Association for Health Information and Libraries
IGeLU International Group of Ex Libris User
LIBER Association of European Research Libraries
Netzwerk Fachbibliotheken Gesundheit
open-access.net Informationplatform Open Access