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Borrowing at the UB and ZB Zürich

Borrowing at UB & ZB

Order type Fees Pick up / Return Search in
Pick up on site free of charge At the holding library


Order to specific UB/ZB location
free of charge 22 Pick-up and return locations, see below swisscovery

Ordering from the Speicherbibliothek

free of charge

ZB Zurich
UB German Studies & Nordic Language and Literature
UB Philosophy
UB Psychology

Mail order CHF 12.-
/ item
designated delivery address
in the SWITCH edu-ID account

Collections and special collections of the UB
Different borrowing conditions apply to our subject-specific special collections. Find out more, directly under Collections and Special Collections.

Borrowing from other collections

Service Fees Pick up/Return Where
Switzerland-wide SLSP Courier
Order from other SLSP libraries
CHF 6.-
/ item
ZB Zurich
ETH Library
Mail order
Order from other SLSP libraries
CHF 12.-
/ item
preferred delivery address
registered in the SWITCH edu-ID account
Interlibrary loan
Ordering media that is not listed in swisscovery

CHF 12-36.- 
/ item

consult form form interlibrary loan UB&ZB

Ordering articles (copies, digital copies)

What Fees Delivery Order through
Article copies & scans
from UB & ZB
or mail
Digitalisate aus anderen 


e-mail or mail swisscovery, 
UZH-members via
order form

Please consider the different ordering methods

Since special conditions apply to UZH members, different users may have different ways of ordering. Here you will find the corresponding instructions: 

UZH Students

UZH researchers, lecturers, employees

Private individuals, alumni, companies, institutions

Ordering channels in swisscovery

Da für UZH-Angehörige Sonderkonditionen gelten, ergeben sich für verschiedene Nutzer*innen teils unterschiedliche Bestellwege. Hier finden Sie die entsprechenden Anleitungen: 

UZH Students

UZH researchers, lecturers, employees

Private individuals, alumni, companies, institutions


Pickup deadline

Ordered books remain ready for pickup for one week. We will notify you by e-mail when the ordered document is ready for pickup.


Loan periods

General loan period 28 days
Maximum loan period 6 x 28 days
Deadline extension: automatic 5 x 28 days


The loan period is automatically extended a maximum of 5 times. You can also extend manually via your user account. Please note that manual extensions can shorten the maximum loan period.

If the media has been reserved elsewhere or the maximum period has expired, the media must be returned. In this case, you will receive a free return reminder by e-mail.

After the first recall, a maximum of three reminders (with reminder fees) will be sent at least one week apart. The third reminder will be sent by mail. We cannot accept undeliverable callbacks and reminders as reasons for late returns. Details are regulated by theUsage Regulations of the UB (PDF, 346 KB)

Reserve borrowed media

You can reserve borrowed media. We will notify you by e-mail when the media is ready for collection.

Reservations for a specific date are not possible. However, you can indicate when the item is no longer needed.

Lost media

Report the loss of borrowed media to us immediately. The effective acquisition costs, a handling fee plus reminder fees will be charged. The complete list of fees can be found in the appendix of the Usage Regulations of UB (PDF, 346 KB)