The Digitization Centre at the ETH Library is service provider and competence centre in the fields of digitization and the handling of metadata. In cooperation with various institutions of ETH Zurich and Swiss libraries, it carries out large-scale and high-quality digitization projects.


  • The DigiCenter performs its services for the departments and education and research bodies of ETH Zurich and for the ETH Library's partner organisations.
  • The DigiCenter is carrying out the ongoing mass digitization of the ETH Library's holdings on its behalf.
  • It does not work for commercial companies or for private individuals. You can digitize individual documents yourself using the public scanner at the ETH Library's InfoCenter.

Services for ETH Zurich

  • Project coordination, project advice
  • Contact with external service providers on specific issues (as required)
  • Digitization of books, journals, rare books, archival material and images, objects
  • Quality control, image processing
  • Optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Indexing (recording of structural data and metadata)

Different original materials are scanned carefully and efficiently using different types of scanners:

  • Robotic scanners for large quantities of bound printed volumes
  • Book scanners for bound and sensitive material
  • Sheet-fed scanners for archive material and individual pages
  • Special scanners for images and objects


We discuss with you whether your material is suitable for a digitization project. In a face-to-face meeting, we talk about the procedure for the project, the timing, and the legal and financial constraints. Please contact us.

Reference projects

Large volumes of archive material from the Archives of Contemporary History (external link) (AfZ) at ETH Zurich are being systematically digitized and selected holdings are being made available online.

In cooperation with a number of partners, Swiss scientific and cultural journals are being digitized and made freely accessible via the retro.seals.ch (external link) platform. In Switzerland's largest digital journal archive, you can browse about 3 million pages, run searches or download them in pdf format.

Titles from all subjects can be found, including the "Baugedächtnis Schweiz (external link)" – a collection of architecture journals. More journals are being digitized all the time. Suggestions for journals that should be considered are always welcome.

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Head of team
Regina Wanger

Regina Wanger