Function, collections, statistics

ETH Library, established in 1855, is the largest public natural scientific and technical library in Switzerland and has a major influence on technical developments in Swiss libraries in general.

Function

  • Central university library for ETH Zurich
  • Swiss centre for technical and natural scientific information
  • Provides information for employees and students at ETH Zurich, for members of the public with an interest in technology and science and for companies working in research and development

Task

  • Providing electronic information for members of ETH Zurich
  • Enabling access to information and media from other service providers
  • Obtaining, making available and collecting academic literature
  • Developing and providing innovative services
  • Long-term preservation of ETH Zurich's scientific and cultural heritage in digital form in the ETH Data Archive and advice on data management
  • Implementation of ETH Zurich's open-access policy and support for members of ETH Zurich on open-access publishing
  • Managing the ETH Zurich University Archives and the ETH Board Archives
  • Maintaining and further developing the culturally and historically important collections at ETH Zurich

Collections

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • System-oriented Natural Sciences
  • Management and Social Sciences
Statistics201420152016
Analog resources7 905 9569 051 9909 330 097
Digital resources546 468726 215804 959
Journals
e-journals (licensed or freely accessible)
subscribed journals
 
17 025
5 401
 
18 158
5 400
 
19 628
7 142
Databases144155156
Books, reference works
e-books
printed works (monographs and bound journals)
 
163 909
2 853 837
 
184 537
2 882 123
 
213 748
2 915 775
Dissertations, reports
documents ETH E-Collection
reports and microfiches
 
30 115
2 213 089
 
31 507
2 213 090
 
28 634
2 213 092
Maps
maps and plans
 
335 670
 
337 353
 
338 746
Analog image documents, audiovisual media
image documents
audiovisual media
 
2 206 665
6 815
 
3 319 011
7 776
 
3 509 522
7 942
Digital image documents
Rare Books Collection
Collection of Prints and Drawings ETH Zurich
Image Archive
Max Frisch Archive
 
8 769
18 602
300 477
3 810
 
11 100
22 286
329 311
4 000
 
15 000
20 932
365 258
4 000
Archival materials in linear metres
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich
ETH Zurich University Archives
Max Frisch Archive
Thomas Mann Archives (includes only manuscripts)
 
18
3 715
105
22
 
18
3 852
105
22
 
18
4 012
110
22
Other statistics
Abstracts and indices (cumulated)
new acquisitions (analog)
ETH E-Citations (increase)
assigned Digital Object Identifiers DOI (cumulated)
 
192 723
256 034
15 443
841 160
 
211 829
1 179 716
12 089
1 047 302
 
228 926
260 139
84 948
1 448 133
Usage
loans (analog documents)
manual renewals
loans to other libraries (analog documents)
loans from other libraries (analog documents)
number of journal articles (document delivery)
 
295 139
202 532
58 163
97 162
54 661
 
292 566
209 480
56 215
100 873
49 787
 
283 995
204 789
54 122
101 514
37 374
Number of accesses to
library website (visits)
licensed e-journals (pdf downloads)
e-books (pdf downloads)
ETH E-Collection (visits)
databases (sessions, searches)
 
1 568 214
5 246 336
3 484 070
3 213 537
367 008
 
1 526 110
5 072 384
5 215 962
3 285 286
367 392
 
1 962 342
4 728 235
3 851 576
3 222 912
403 938

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