Zentralbibliothek
Zentralbibliothek
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The main library of both the city and the University of Zürich, the Central Library is a popular destination for students and general readers, and somewhat of a meeting place. Nice architecture with a section of English-speaking books on the bottom floor.
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Jamie C
Taipei, Taiwan149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
In a very beginning, I walked to this building and though it was a church. In the end I found I was wrong, it is a library for the civic. It's great for the people to study in a very special and historical building.
Written July 4, 2019
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Carroll M
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
My husband & I had already had a good walk around the old part of Zurich and were looking for somewhere to read our kindles for a couple of hours before catching a train. The central library was the perfect place - large, spacious, with comfortable armchairs in a central reading section. No bags or coats are allowed, but there are lockers one floor below, requiring a 2 franc coin to operate (which you get back on return of the key). The library was extremely quiet despite being well patronised. Most of the floorspace was devoted to office-like workstations, and there were also numerous computers on benches.
Written July 27, 2017
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The main central library is located in the Niederdorf area and popular with many of the local students. There are storage lockers inside as bags are not allowed in the main library. Clean restrooms, a café, vending machines and common lobby seating areas where one can take a break. They also offer free Wi-Fi for visitors.
Written January 23, 2016
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RudolfTheSwiss
Zurich, Switzerland202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Solo
Where to find the prettiest people in Zurich. Whoever is studying in Zurich is using the Central Library. For students and avid readers who want to find rare and in cases truly antique books this is the place to go.After perusing ancient tomes this avis reader loves to rest his weary eyes on the beautiful young ladies getting in the delicious reveries of old age - free from actual craving and lustful thinking - who diligently study in quiet booths or scurry between the racks.
Security is rather friendly but keeps a keen eye on silence and prevention of theft, a worthwhile experience by all means.

Walk via Central through the famous Niederdörfli to Predigerplatz where you find the Zentralbibliothek
Written December 2, 2011
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
The Central library is located in the old spot of the Dominican monastery connected to the Predigerkirche. If you visit the church, you will get a great view of the architecture of the neighboring library. It has great location in the heart of the "Old Town". Like so many other civic buildings in Zurich, it is beautiful and impressive.
Written July 2, 2019
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Monica S
Cleveland, OH53,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is a beautiful building right next to Old town. It has a striking tower to the building and amazing architectural details. Definitely worth visiting when in Zurich.
Written April 28, 2018
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RitaAAlmeida
Erlenbach, Switzerland173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Wow!! What a huge library! I went there just because I needed a place to study and I am completely in love with that place! In my point of view, offers the best infrastructure that a student can expect from a library.
Written March 8, 2017
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The Central library is located right next to the Predigerkirche and you can admire the exterior of both structures in the same visit. I didn't go inside the library but it appeared to be open when I visited on a Saturday morning in Jan. Solid and imposing looking building.
Written February 14, 2016
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Nick S
Zurich, Switzerland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Zurich has too many churches, too much money, lots of students, and way too few faithful parishioners.
So it was easy to convert this huge old church into a beautiful large library.
Get in early if you want to reserve a seat for a good day of learning.
Written October 14, 2015
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Roland B
Zurich, Switzerland1,800 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014
Who still needs libraries in the times of Internet? Well, this one is pretty much used, by students as by other folks. A huge building with a large collection, worth to stroll in and look around, especially as it is located on a nice square with lots of coffee places and restaurants around.
Written June 30, 2015
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