The library will be closed from 17 March - 7 June 2020.

    During the closing time the following applies: 

    • Books and other media can be ordered by mail. Postal delivery costs A-Post CHF 5.00. However, due to home office constraints, we are not present on site every day.
    • You can keep the borrowed media until the library opens again. There are no recalls and no reminder fees

    If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at any time.


    The library of the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach is one of the most extensive collections of ornithological literature in Europe and Switzerland's ornithological memory.

    It has a stock of about 20 000 items (books, brochures, journals and electronic media such as CDs and DVDs) on birds. In addition, the library also collects documents on nature conservation and other branches of natural science (ecology, zoology, botany, forestry).