GESS Library

ETH Library to reopen at two locations from 8 June 2020

Currently, the ETH Library at the Zentrum (HG) and the Architecture and Civil Engineering Library at Hönggerberg campus (HIL) are open. You can order media from all our libraries and pick them up at the HG or HIL. Please note that it may take longer than 24 hours to get your orders ready for collection, as we only work with a limited number of staff in the still closed units.

More information

GESS Library is a Special Library affiliated to the ETH Library and open to the public.


The holdings can be researched using ETH Library's Search Portal (external link).

25,000 freely accessible documents:

  • Books, reference works, dictionaries
  • Subscription to 180 journals


  • 27 study spaces with Wireless LAN (external link), group workstations for 8 and 4 persons in the basement
  • 2 public workstations (personal login required)
  • 1 ETH Print Service multifunctional device (scan to email and copy without nethz-login; print from personal device with nethz-login; b/w, colour)
  • Reading corner


  • Information: advice, counselling, help with searches
  • Customer Service: new registrations, renewing your library user, cardfees, reminders

Archives of Contemporary History

The Archives of Contemporary History (external link) are a special location of GESS Library.
The collections of the archives are not available for borrowing and therefore cannot be ordered online, with the exception of requests for copies. For the use of the archive materials in the reading room please contact:

Archives of Contemporary History
ETH Zurich
Hirschengraben 62
8092 Zurich
+41 44 632 40 03
+41 44 632 13 92 (Fax)

Opening hours
Mon–Fri 9.00–17.00

Location (external link)