Borrowing Limits

Each person in membership may borrow six books in total at a time. Single Members may take two Non-Renewable books, 2-Person Families three, and Full Families four. Members under 16 years are not permitted to borrow Non-Renewable books. (‘Non-Renewable’ books are those recently added to the Library and so which we expect to be in demand.)

Loan Period

Books are loaned for four weeks. ‘Non-Renewable’ books, travel guides and books which have been reserved by another member cannot be renewed. All other books can be renewed for up to two further four-week periods. Renewals run from the date the book is renewed. Books can be renewed in person in the Library or by telephone (+41 (0)22 732 8097) during the Library’s opening hours preferably before the date they are due.


Library books which are currently on loan can be reserved free of charge; you will be notified as soon as they are available. Please request this service at the desk.

See the Rules and Regulations for more details.

Types of Membership

 TypeDescriptionDurationCost (CHF)Over 62s*
 Family (1)Parents with dependent children and au pair 1 year 195 160
 Family (2)Two family members 1 year 155 135
Single MemberCardholder-only, not transferable 1 year 135 120
 StudentChildren, full-time students up to 25 and interns† 1 year 90 
 Three Month 3 month 70