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

Statistics 2015-2017

Use/usage figures

2018

Active users27 122
Loans (total printed media, excluding manual renewals)262 735
Loans (total printed media, including manual renewals)455 277
Access of electronic resources
Databases (record views)
E-books (section requests)
Digitally licensed journals (downloads)
 
593 475
4 483 056
2 746 140
Number of hits on ETH Library's websites and platforms (visits)18 321 622

Training courses and events

 
Training courses and introductory events
Number of events
Number of participants
 
264
5 420
Exhibitions, workshops and congresses
Number of events
Number of participants
 
610
40 308

Information resources

 
Analogue resources
of which print in holdings (books, journals)
of which image documents
9 471 960
2 941 652
3 592 270
Digital resources
Databases
E-books
Electronic image documents (E-Pics and Collection Online)
Electronic journals
6 533 922
162
309 103
496 870
20 579

Staff

 
Total employees
of which full-time employees (at least 90%)
of which part-time employees (50-89%)
of which part-time employees (<50%)
   Part-time employees: proportion of student assistants
307
93
134
80
90
Total jobs in full-time-equivalents (FTE)
of which permanent staff
of which temporary employees
of which trainees
206
162
40
4

Further statistics

 
DOI registration
Increase
Number of DOI assigned
 
168 914
1 864 636
Scans made (DigiCenter)
Number of digitized pages
Cumulated number since 2009
 
1 636 233
16 303 846
Opening hours
Opening hours per year
Opening hours per week
 
340
84