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Address: Zaehringerplatz 6, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 44 268 31 00
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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The main library of both the city and the University of Zürich, the Central...

The main library of both the city and the University of Zürich, the Central Library is a popular destination for students and general readers, and somewhat of a meeting place. Nice architecture with a section of English-speaking books on the bottom floor.

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Quiet as a library should be

In the US, a lot of times libraries aren't that quiet. I was surprised at just how quiet and calm the Zentralbibliothek is. There are plenty of areas on each floor to sit to read... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 November 2013
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Mountain View, California
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

The Central library is located right next to the Predigerkirche and you can admire the exterior of both structures in the same visit. I didn't go inside the library but it appeared to be open when I visited on a Saturday morning in Jan. Solid and imposing looking building.

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Thank KGB777
Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

The main central library is located in the Niederdorf area and popular with many of the local students. There are storage lockers inside as bags are not allowed in the main library. Clean restrooms, a café, vending machines and common lobby seating areas where one can take a break. They also offer free Wi-Fi for visitors.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Zurich has too many churches, too much money, lots of students, and way too few faithful parishioners. So it was easy to convert this huge old church into a beautiful large library. Get in early if you want to reserve a seat for a good day of learning.

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Thank Nick S
Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Who still needs libraries in the times of Internet? Well, this one is pretty much used, by students as by other folks. A huge building with a large collection, worth to stroll in and look around, especially as it is located on a nice square with lots of coffee places and restaurants around.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

The Zentralbibliothek or ZB, as its studying users call it, is neither a beatiful building nor does it have overly helpful staff. The entire atmosphere there is stressed. I much prefer the Staatsarchiv on Hönggerberg as a place to study or work.

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Thank Fab S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

In the US, a lot of times libraries aren't that quiet. I was surprised at just how quiet and calm the Zentralbibliothek is. There are plenty of areas on each floor to sit to read, study, or write. They have computer desks, regular desks, cubicles, and large chairs. There is a reading area with magazines and newspapers and, of course,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

The library is fascinating, considering the history we can derive from the short descriptions in English accompanying the displays. It would have been better had the tour been bi-lingual: German and English, instead of only German, and would have made the €12/person fee worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

i studied in the lecture room for ages. you can enjoy and focus on your lecture/studies without any noise. be aware that even when you put your mobile phone on silent, it won't be tolerated. just fyi...

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

You need to study in a concentrated atmosphere? GO THERE! I went there nearly everyday during my graduation times. You are being forced to be silent and concentrated because if you ain't, all the studying brains will give you angry looks! Watch out and study well.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

Largest public library in Switzerland, it is free of charge and you can enter without issue. You could even use the Internet if you wish.

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