Founded in 1855, ETH-Bibliothek is the largest public library for science and technology in Switzerland. Besides providing information for members of ETH Zurich, it also offers resources to the interested public and to companies in research and development. One of ETH-Bibliothek’s key focuses is the development of its digital information services. ETH-Bibliothek’s Collections and Archives also constantly expand their online platforms to make their valuable holdings accessible to the public.
The photographic and audio-visual documents of the ETH Library are managed by the Image Archive. Its image collection of almost 3.5 million documents includes the ETH Zurich portrait and view collection, pictures from the private estates of ETH professors, as well as large holdings such as the press photo archive of Comet Photo AG, the archive of Luftbild Schweiz and the photo collection of Swissair.
Initiated by a cooperation project with Wikimedia CH, from spring 2016 Public Domain and CC-BY-SA licensed contents of the image archive will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. This will enable the Wikimedia community and those interested in other Wikimedia projects to use the content provided for their encyclopedic work.
|08/2016||Aerial photographs Walter Mittelholzer domestic||LBS_MH01||8'434|
|08/2016||Aerial photographs Walter Mittelholzer foreign countries||LBS_MH02||5'673|
|08/2016||Aerial photographs Walter Mittelholzer industries domestic||LBS_MH03||1'938|
|06/2017||Aerial Photographs Werner Friedli||LBS_H||20'971|
|06/2017||Max Frisch (from: Comet press picture archive)||Com_||79|
|05/2019||Foundation Industrial Culture/Hans-Peter Bärtschi: Wetzikon||SIK_01||58|
|Q4/2021||Other uploads (a.o. für [WSC2021)||Com_, Ans_, PI_||21|
|Q4/2021||Animals, plants and biotopes (for WSC2021)||Dia_||14|
|Q2/2020||Aerial photographs Photo Swissair AG: Industrial photographs, low-flying (1967-1996)||LBS_IN||3'806||Continuation of the already loaded industrial photographs of Mittelholzer LBS_MH03|
|Q2/2020||Station Inventory 1 of Switzerland by Adolf Reck (1967-1976)||SIK_02-01||1'455||Small part of the inventory of the Stiftung Industriekultur/Hans-Peter Bärtschi|
|Q3/2020||Aerial photographs Photo Swissair AG: coloured, mostly low-flying oblique photographs (1960-2011)||LBS_L||29'905||Pictures are first georeferenced on sMapshot. Campaigns running since Jan. 2020, end ca. July 2020|
Mass upload requests
On Category talk:Media contributed by the ETH-Bibliothek the upload of entire collections or large parts of them can be suggested. We will also discuss collections there to find out about your interest.
Uploads single images
- Through the Image Archive: We gladly accept upload requests for single pictures. To ensure a service within 1-2 working days, please send an email with image code or DOI: email@example.com.
- Individual: You are welcome to upload images from our image database E-Pics Image Archive Online yourself. Metadata and licenses can be found in the image database.
Please create the file name according to the following convention
- ETH-BIB-Title-Image code
- Example: ETH-BIB-Tobel inland flights-LBS MH01-007888
|09.06.2017||Swiss Archive Day||Aerial photos in Wikipedia article Swiss communities (D)||Everyone|
|27.11.2019||Action Day 2212||Aerial photos in Wikipedia article Swiss communities (D)||Hadi, staff ETH-Bibliothek|
|04/2020||Home Office Covid-19||Aerial photos in Wikipedia articles Swiss municipalities (D, E, F, I)||Staff ETH-Bibliothek|
|08.02.2021||Start of WikiProject Portraits ETH Profs||Portraits of ETH profs in Wikidata and Wikipedia articles||Hadi, staff ETH-Bibliothek, wikipedians|
|15.05.2021||Writing workshop/Edit-a-thon||Writing Wikipedia articles about ETH profs||Hadi, staff ETH-Bibliothek, wikipedians|
|14.05.2022||Writing workshop/Edit-a-thon||Writing Wikipedia articles about ETH profs||Hadi, wikipedians|
|11.06.2022||Wiki-Edit-a-Thon||Edit-a-Thon about ETH profs WikiProjekt ETH-Porträts||Nicole Graf, wikipedians|
Collection of Scientific Instruments and Teaching Models
The ETH's scientific objects are kept in the Collection of Scientific Instruments and Teaching Aids. The collection documents the artefact-based history of teaching and research at ETH Zurich since its foundation. It includes holdings from aerodynamics, physics, computer science, geodesy, geobotany, electronics, mathematics, etc. The collection was founded in 2019 at the ETH-Library and is currently under development. It holds around 2,500 objects. CC BY-SA licensed images have been published on Wikimedia Commons since summer 2021.
You are welcome to upload further images from our image database E-Pics yourself. Metadata and licenses can be found in the image database.
This account is currently managed by:
- Lea Bollhalder, shortly: ^LB
- Nicole Graf, shortly: ^NG
- Flurina Huonder, shortly: ^FH
- Official web site of the ETH Library
- Wikipedia article on the ETH Library
- Wikipedia article on the Image Archive of the ETH Library (German)