The library will remain closed for external visitors until 30 August 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, we are not present on site every day.
    • If you still want to use the library on site, please contact us.

    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).