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Central and University Library Lucerne, Switzerland


Name of the Library: Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern (Central and University Library Lucerne)
Parent Organisation: Kanton Luzern
Street Address: Sempacherstrasse 10
Postal Address: 6002 Luzern
Telephone : 41 228 53 12
Web Address:
Library Email:

Type of Library :Central/ Main Library
Population served: Students and teachers (Higher school, College, College of education, University), General public
Project Type: New Building, Refurbishment
Size (square metres): Three locations (incl. more than 10’000 qm)
Date of Completion: Main house, Sempacherstrasse: 1951. Location at the Universitybuilding: 2011. Lucerne Central and University Library at the Library of the Lucerne Business School : 2012
Architect: Main house, Sempacherstrasse: Otto Dreyer

ZHB Wirtschaft Luzern, den 15.06.2012 Foto: Priska Ketterer Luzern
ZHB Wirtschaft
Luzern, den 15.06.2012
Foto: Priska Ketterer Luzern

The Central and University Library, Lucerne (ZHB): One library – three locations.

The largest library in central Switzerland has been collecting and disseminating information since 1951, for research and teaching, study and work, and leisure and entertainment.

Today, the ZHB meets the diverse needs of its users at three different locations, each with its own distinct profile. All three branches are centrally located close to the main station and can be reached on foot in just a few minutes.

The public and academic library in the Sempacherstrasse (main library)
The most beautiful park in Lucerne is a centrally located oasis, and in the middle is the heritage-listed main building of the Central and University Library. Built in 1951 to plans by the Swiss architect Otto Dreyer, the building has survived the decades remarkably well, including the major developments necessary to house a modern library operation. Nevertheless, the upcoming and long-overdue renovation is keenly anticipated.

The library in the park is an ideal place for reading, learning and working, viewing exhibitions, attending events, and exchanging ideas with others. The services here are tailored particularly to the needs of the general public. There is a wide range of fiction and non-fiction materials available, including books, newspapers, magazines, pictures, sound recordings, audio books and electronic media. The valuable historical collections include manuscripts and rare books, musical works and an extensive photo archive.

Resources and facilities: In addition to about 1.3 million items available from the closed stacks, there are approximately 20,000 volumes in open access, to browse on the shelves. There are also reading rooms, group and individual workspaces, a modern infrastructure, a lounge for reading newspapers and magazines, and an exhibition and event area.

ZHB UNI Luzern, den 06.12.2011 Foto: Priska Ketterer Luzern
Luzern, den 06.12.2011
Foto: Priska Ketterer Luzern

The major academic library for students, lecturers and the interested public in the Uni / PH building (UPG)
The other major branch of ZHB in the Uni / PH Building is also ideally located, right next to the station and just two minutes from the lake. Those who get a window seat can enjoy the stunning views from the 5,500 square meter library. All other users of the library, opened in 2011, benefit from one of the remaining 700 workplaces.
The highly valued and frequently used library focuses on the needs of students and staff of the University itself and the University of Teacher Education (PH). About 300,000 volumes of the most recent literature can be found on the shelves of the extensive open access area, above all relating to the subjects taught at the two institutions.  These include, in particular, academic journals, reference books, source collections, introduction and background material, as well as research literature.

Resources and facilities: In addition to about 1.3 million items also available here from the closed stacks, there are approximately 300,000 volumes in open access. There are also various reading rooms, 700 group and individual workspaces, a modern infrastructure, and a large, generously proportioned lounge.

The specialized library of the Lucerne School of Business
In the ensemble of ZHB libraries, this library plays a key role for students and staff of the Lucerne School of Business. The ZHB provides library services for the School under contract, and offers here, as at each location, attractive workspaces and modern infrastructure, the most current literature, as well as expert, service-oriented advice and assistance.

Resources and facilities: In addition to about 1.3 million items available here as elsewhere from the closed stacks, there are approximately 15,000 volumes, including around 90 academic journals,  with introduction and background material in the areas of economics, business and management,  the main teaching focus of the School. There are also 90 workspaces in various configurations for individuals and groups, as well as a modern infrastructure.

Awards, case studies, further information
The largest part oft the ZHB collection is preserved in a closed magazine. 2016 this collection will remove to an inter-cantonal storage. The modular extendable storage is located near Lucerne. It will retain the collections of several large libraries of five swissgerman cantons. The magazine is first planned for three million volumes. When needed the capacity can be expanded to 18 million volumes.



Zentral- und Landesbibliothek / Central and Regional Library Berlin, Germany

Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

Name of the Library:Zentral- und Landesbibliothek  / Central and Regional library Berlin

Street Address:
Berliner Stadtbibliothek: Breite Straße 30-36, 10178 Berlin
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek: Blücherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin
Postal Address: Postfach 610179, 10922 Berlin
Telephone : 0049-30-90226-401
Web Address:
Library Email:
Type of Library : Central/ Main Library, Regional Library
Population served: Berlin: 3,5 Mio
Project Type:  Conversion , Refurbishment
Size (square metres):
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (AGB): 2.500 qm (public), 7.500 qm (total)
Berliner Stadtbibliothek (BStB): 4.500 qm (public), 26.500 qm (total)
Date of Completion:
AGB: 1954, Conversion/refurbishment: 2013/214
BStB: 1968; Conversion/refurbishment: 2011/2012/2015
AGB: Fritz Bornemann, Willy Kreuer


Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) is the largest public library in Germany. Two branches house our 3.4 million media for your use.

At the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek in Kreuzberg you will find the humanities and fine arts, fiction, films, music, and the art library. Our children’s and young adult library is also located here, along with its learning centre.


The Berliner Stadtbibliothek in Mitte houses the subjects of natural sciences, medicine, and economics as well as the Senatsbibliothek Berlin, home of urban studies and law. The Berlin-Studien and Historische Sammlungen collections of the ZLB have their own reading rooms where you can peruse extensive collections about Berlin’s past and present.

As Berlin’s state library, it is our mission to collect all printed works, data, and sound carriers that are published in Berlin, as well as the official publications of the state of Berlin.

The Foundation of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin was created in 1995 out of the fusion of the Berliner Stadtbibliothek at Schlossplatz in the eastern part and the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek at Hallesches Ufer in the western part of Berlin.

The ZLB is one of the most frequently visited cultural and educational institutions in Berlin. Future plans will hopefully consolidate the library at one location.

Awards, case studies, further information

2014: Themenraum-App (Topic-room-App): “Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects” from ALA “American Library Association”

2014: Innovationspreis digitab


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