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
Statistics201520162017
Analog resources9 051 9909 330 0979 443 694
Digital resources726 215804 959752 396
Journals
e-journals (licensed or freely accessible)
subscribed journals
 
18 158
5 400
 
19 628
7 142
 
20 087
8 679
Databases155156161
Books, reference works
e-books
printed works (monographs and bound journals)
 
184 537
2 882 123
 
213 748
2 915 775
 
254 386
2 949 857
Dissertations, reports
documents ETH E-Collection
reports and microfiches
 
31 507
2 213 090
 
28 634
2 213 092
 
 
2 213 092
Maps
maps and plans
 
337 353
 
338 746
 
339 732
Analog image documents, audiovisual media
image documents
audiovisual media
 
3 319 011
7 776
 
3 509 522
7 942
 
3 571 461
9 003
Digital image documents
Rare Books Collection
Collection of Prints and Drawings ETH Zurich
Image Archive
Max Frisch Archive
 
11 100
22 286
329 311
4 000
 
15 000
20 932
365 258
4 000
 
18 055
21 210
394 065
3 756
Archival materials in linear metres
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich
ETH Zurich University Archives
Max Frisch Archive
Thomas Mann Archives (includes only manuscripts)
 
18
3 852
105
22
 
18
4 012
110
22
 
18
4 348
110
22
Other statistics
Abstracts and indices (cumulated)
new acquisitions (analog)
ETH E-Citations (increase)
assigned Digital Object Identifiers DOI (cumulated)
 
211 829
1 179 716
12 089
1 047 302
 
228 926
260 139
84 948
1 448 133
 
254 213
168 509
 
250 072
Usage
loans (analog documents)
manual renewals
loans to other libraries (analog documents)
loans from other libraries (analog documents)
number of journal articles (document delivery)
 
292 566
209 480
56 215
100 873
49 787
 
283 995
204 789
54 122
101 514
37 374
 
276 714
198 571
51 105
107 909
25 680
Number of accesses to
library website (visits)
licensed e-journals (pdf downloads)
e-books (pdf downloads)
ETH E-Collection (visits)
databases (sessions, searches)
 
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
 
769 775
4 934 102
4 672 382
1 413 361
474 617

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