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23.11.2017 New collection on

Rudolf Wolf, the first director of ETH Library, collected valuable old books that are extremely important for the history of science and even current research. Today, they form part of ETH Library's Rare Books Collection.
 century has been digitized and is now available to the general public as a package in the collection "Rudolf Wolf's Personal Library" on the online platform They include titles by Claudius Ptolemaeus, Galileo Galilei, Otto Guericke and Johannes Hevelius.

Other works from Wolf's personal library are being identified systematically and constantly added to the collection.

All titles in the collection can be found in the overview on

20.11.2017 Closing: 26 November, Sunday after Polyball

The ETH Library will be closed on Sunday, 26 November.

Reason: event on previous day in the main building of ETH Zurich

16.11.2017 Thomas Mann Lectures

The new lecture series Thomas Mann Lectures aims to address fundamental and current issues arising from the work of Thomas Mann.

As part of this freshly launched program, once a year an internationally renowned personality in literary studies will be invited to ETH Zurich. The lecture series is aimed at both the interested public and a scientific audience.

The Thomas Mann Lectures will start off with Prof Dr Russell A. Berman, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Stanford University. The Lecture is titled "Thomas Mann – Literature and Freedom" In his lecture, starting with the contrasting pair of artist-citizens Russel explores the question of how bourgeois society has to do with culture, how the freedom of art affects political freedom, and which threats to freedom exist today.

The lecture flips through Thomas Mann's complete oeuvre and focuses in the current context on Thomas Mann as a writer of freedom in non-free time.

The first Thomas Mann Lecture takes place:

Wednesday, 13 December, 18.00 to 19.00 followed by an aperitif
Main building of ETH Zurich, Rämistrasse 101, Semper Aula, G60

Registration is requested by 30 November by email to or by phone +41 44 632 40 45.

The Thomas Mann Lectures are offered by the Thomas Mann Archive together with the Chair of Literature and Cultural Studies at ETH Zurich.

Thomas Mann Archive

16.11.2017 Short interruption of the Knowledge Portal

On Tuesday, 21 November, at 22.00 will be a short interruption of the Knowledge Portal.
This is due to maintenance work.

13.11.2017 Closing ETH-Tag

On Saturday, 18 November ETH-Bibliothek will be closed.
Reason: event in the main building of ETH Zurich


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