The collection in our public scientific library reflects the thematic and regional areas of our ethnographic collections as well as our research and teaching activities at the museum.

Here you can find over 35,000 monographs, textbooks, essential reading and reference books, along with 150 journals on cultural anthropology, the anthropology of religion and the anthropology of art. One third of the collection is openly accessible, while other media can be asked for at the counter.


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Access Swiss National Sound Archives

The Phonoteque The Phonoteque collects and digitises sound documents on Swiss culture and history. The collection includes recordings of classical, rock and pop music, jazz, folk and ethnic music, as well as audio books, theatre plays, interviews, radio broadcasts, narratives and tales. You can access the Phonoteque free of charge at the library gallery in the Ethnographic Museum.