Services for the Department

Only applies to ECON members


New to the Department of Economics? Please send us a short message after you established a library account in swisscovery so that we can set up the privilege "no late fees for borrowed books from the ECON library" (as well as for some other UZH libraries) for you:


Lending periods

Staff members can borrow books for one month from the Department of Economics Library (can be renewed). Lecturers and teaching assistants have the option of borrowing books until the end of term or as required. Books may be searched and requested via the Rechercheportal or ordered from


Free postal delivery

Books from our library can be delivered to your office free of charge; search for the book in the Rechercheportal and select the option “mail delivery” or via Materials can also be ordered from other libraries for free using our document delivery service (see below).


Document delivery service

We can procure literature for you from other libraries in Zurich, in Switzerland or worldwide. Please mention how urgently you need them. Materials will be delivered to your office or sent to you electronically (journal articles or book chapters). Send your requests to



Members of the Department are exempt from fees or fines (applies to our library only).


Buying books for your office collection

We can order books for your office (library discount) to be paid for by the Chair. Please provide your cost centre number, let us know how urgently you need them and send your orders to


New acquisitions for the library

Please send your recommendations for new books for the library to


License request for e-media

If you want the library to license a new database or e-journal, please fill in this form. We'll take the necessary steps and keep you posted. Please note that this process may take some time.


ZORA / Merlin

We ask all members of the Department to send us details of their latest publications and pdf-files of accepted manuscripts to We will be happy to upload them to the university’s scholarly open access repository ZORA (Zurich Open Repository and Archive). Publications in ZORA will be automatically forwarded to Merlin, the OEC faculty information system. If you have any questions about Merlin or ZORA, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Research data

The Main Library’s data services team supports you in the handling of research data and data management plans. You can contact the team via Please check their website for general information on the subject.


Working papers

Members of the Department who wish to publish their research in the ECON-Working paper series can send their pdf-file and the accompanying information to (for details, see Guidelines in the Intranet).


Required reading lists

We can forward your recommended reading lists to be included in the university course catalogue (monographs) as well as buying multiple copies for the library. In some cases, textbooks can be provided electronically. Orders and course information from


The Economist / NZZ

Members of the Department have free access to The Economist and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). Get your login at


Research coaching

We can support you in your research by offering you one-on-one support in exploring the university resources or a short introduction to the library. Just contact us at