Library & Information Services


The Information Center Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy is a specialized library for chemistry, biology, pharmacy and material sciences and offers support with various library and information services.


The Infodesk is the contact point for all your technical and literature questions. Further information about the Infodesk can be found here.

Useful link:Infodesk


Courier service (SLSP network)

Courier service (SLSP network)

Via ETH Library @ swisscovery all registered ETH members (students and staff) can order documents from libraries at ETH Zurich or any swisscovery libraries that take part in the network-wide SLSP-Courier service to the Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center (ETH-HCI) or to any other pick-up location in the domain of ETH Zurich.

The following services are free for ETH staff and doctoral students. For other students and external users, fees according to the fee sheet of ETH Library may apply.

  • Delivery of documents to pick-up locations outside of ETH Zurich or to a private address.
  • Creation and delivery of photocopies or digital reproductions.

Ordered documents must be picked up personally with the library card registered at swisscovery (for example the ETH card).

Inter-library loan (ILL) and document delivery (outside the SLSP network)

Even literature that may not be found in the Information Center or through the swisscovery catalog can be made available. We order documents from other libraries in Switzerland and other countries (worldwide) for you or show you how to place an inter-library loan order yourself. Contact the Infodesk team personally or by e-mail.

A form for placing an inter-library loan with the ETH library can be found here.

Inter-library loan services are free for ETH staff and doctoral students. For other students and external users, fees may apply.

Useful link:Infodesk


Collection Development and Management

The Information Center primarily acquires literature for the following customer groups:

  • Researchers and lecturers of both the D-CHAB and D-BIOL departments
  • Students of the departments D-CHAB and D-BIOL

In addition, the Information Center acquires books and other media in the field of material sciences provided that there is a relationship to chemistry.

The Information Center's subject matter experts acquire new books and other media that match the Acquisition Profile of the Information Center. In contrast to ETH Library we are not a repository library, i.e., we do not build up a permanent collection but actively manage the holdings. Books and other media that are no longer useful are either moved to a storage facility or are discharged, especially if there are holdings at other libraries, particularly at ETH Library.