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 175 140
 Family (2)Two family members 1 year 135 115
Single MemberCardholder-only, not transferable 1 year 115 100
 StudentChildren, full-time students up to 25 and interns† 1 year 80 
 One MonthOne month membership (a refundable deposit of CHF 50 must be paid) 1 month 50