HBZ-Services during corona crisis

Lean Library! - easy access to e-media for members of UZH and USZ

Ordering books

Books from the Main Library collection can be ordered via the library catalogue (step-by-step instructions). Contrary to the display in the library catalogue (postal delivery CHF 12.-) this service of the Main Library is free of charge for UZH members until July 31th 2020.

Before you order books: Log into your user account and check your address details. Please enter your current address to ensure the parcel will be delivered to you.

Book returns

Media borrowed from HBZ locations can be returned during our opening hours.

Books can also be returned by mail. Borrowers cover the costs of book returns.

Study Spaces

The HBZ locations offer around 200 study spaces. The use is restricted to UZH members, the areas must be reserved. A reservation is possible at the earliest 2 days in advance. Notice the usage rules (PDF, 114 KB).

HBZ – Medicine Careum

zone plan

free spaces?

HBZ – Science

zone plan

free spaces?

The 24/7 access of HBZ – Sciences is deactivated until further notice.

Ordering articles

Articles from journals can be ordered using the order from of the Main Library. This service of the Main Library is free of charge for UZH members of MNF, MeF and members of University Hospitals.

UZH members of other faculties use the services of their institute or faculty library and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich.


The Main Library is committed to providing a growing temporary offer and recommendations for teaching in addition to the regularly licenced E-Media portfolio. Please note the information on use of e-media.

University lecturers in natural sciences, informatics and medicine: E-book acquisition requests for digital learning will be fulfilled whenever possible.

Temporary offers and selected e-media for digital learning and teaching:

Subject E-media offer

Publishers offering their holdings with improved conditions (upgrade to unlimited access or free access) during the corona crisis


Digital textbooks (temporary and regular)

Geography List of additional e-media
Informatics Digital textbooks
Life sciences Additional e-books
Mathematics Digital textbooks
Medicine Bates' Physical Examination Videos
Elsevier ClinicalKey Student (german E-books)
Thieme eRef medical Textbooks (german)
Thieme eRef Zahnmedizin im Test (german)
Physics Digital textbooks (temporary and regular)

Data Services & Open Access

The HBZ can be reached by e-mail. Within UZH, the Data Services and Open Access teams can also be contacted via Microsoft teams.