Library regulations

University of Zurich (UZH)
Department of Economics Library
Rämistrasse 71
CH-8006 Zurich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 634 21 37
Fax: +41 (0) 44 634 49 82

Opening hours

For library hours please see our website.

About the library

The Department of Economics library of the University of Zurich is attached to the Faculty of Economics and contains about 80’000 items and approximately 130 current journals. The open access collections of textbooks and periodicals cover all aspects of modern economics, with special emphasis on the following subject areas: general microeconomics, macroeconomics, neuroeconomics, competition policy and theory, industrial organization, innovation, environmental and ecological economics, transport economics and policy, financial economics, monetary economics, statistics, econometrics, health, insurance and energy economics, and theory and policy of external trade.


Membership is open to all students and persons otherwise affiliated to the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, as well as members of the public over the age of 16. Registration is free of charge on proof of identity, such as student card or other valid ID (with photograph). Change of name or address, or loss of library cards should be reported to the lending desk without delay. User details may, if necessary, be passed on to other libraries in the IDS network, for administration purposes. Conditions are in line with local data protection legislation. Use of library services implies acceptance of these rules, as publicized in the internet.

Use of the library

Seating in the reading room is reserved primarily for the use of economics students; places may not be reserved in advance and must be vacated every evening. There are specially labeled places for students with disabilities. Please refrain from eating in the library except for in the designated areas. You are asked to remain silent in the Reading room, in order to maintain a quiet atmosphere for studying. Normal conversation is permitted in the Foyer and in the Working room. The library is open access, but older collections may be in the closed stacks. Books from these collections must be ordered in advance, either from the lending desk or online.


Borrowing services are free of charge when you come to the library in person. We will deliver book requests to your home address for a small fee (see separate list of charges). If you borrow books in the online ordering process from the Department of Economics Library or the Library of Business Administration, you can choose if you wish to borrow the book on the same day in the library of ownership or on the next day in the other library. Library users are allowed to borrow up to 20 items at one time. The lending period is 28 days, which is twice automatically extended to a further 28 days, as long as there are no reservations for the books. At the end of this period, you may renew the books three times for a further 28 days each time, but they may be recalled if in demand by other users. Media must be returned by the end of the lending period. Books returned late may be liable to fines (see separate list of charges). Prompt return of materials must also be ensured in case of absence from home. The library accepts no liability for books that are returned by post or for undelivered reminders or fine notices. Books from our library and from the library for business administration can be returned in our book return box when the library is closed. Items that have been borrowed by other users may be reserved online. You will be informed when the book has been returned; it will then be reserved for you for 7 days; locker keys for 48 hours. For all information regarding borrowed books, reservations, change of address etc. please see your online user account. The head librarian reserves the right to take further steps in individual cases of misuse, which could lead to being barred from the library. Reference books (red call number on spine of book), books published before 1946 and periodicals may not be borrowed.


Library users are responsible for all items in their care or borrowed in their name. It is strictly forbidden to make notes, marks or stick adhesive labels in books. Existing damage or missing sections should be reported to the lending desk. Lost or damaged books will be replaced and charged to the borrower, together with repair and processing costs. To reduce these costs, you may purchase a replacement copy yourself for the library. Use of all library materials is subject to copyright laws and for private purposes only. Commercial use of library materials is forbidden.

Electronic resources

The entire library stock, including all print and electronic media as well as all licensed databases, is listed in the online union catalog NEBIS at


The public workstations are primarily intended for study and research for scholarly and university-related purposes. Library users agree to comply with the rules and regulations laid down by the University of Zürich by logging in to the UZH domain.


The library team is on hand during opening hours to help you with your information requests and other research questions. If you are looking for books or journal articles that are not available in Zurich, we will be happy to obtain them for you, for a small charge, from another library in Switzerland or abroad (see separate list of charges).

Recommendations / Feedback

Recommend new books, send us your feedback about the library services: the head librarian and his team will be happy to hear from you.


Any disputes arising from these rules fall under the jurisdiction of the courts in Zurich, Switzerland.


These rules come into effect from the 1st of September 2018 and replace those from 1st September 2017.

Zurich, 1st September 2018

Head librarian: Lukas Tobler