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Open: Mo-Fr 10-20, Sa 12-19
The book return box is in Endla 3, Mo-Su 7-22

Swiss Reading Room

| Schweizer Lesesaal |

is located on the 7th floor of the Library

Head: Leili Naan, tel 630 7360, e-mail leili dot naan at nlib dot ee
Reference librarian
: Mari Eerme, tel 630 7404, e-mail shveits at nlib dot ee
Project manager: Maarika Paun, tel 630 7360, e-mail deutsch at nlib dot ee


  • The Swiss Reading Room gathers and disseminates information on the life and culture of Switzerland mainly in the German language; however, publications in French, Italian, English and Rhaeto-Romanic are also to be found.
  • We respond to enquiries in the Reading Romm, by phone, e-mail, and post.
  • In collaboration with our partners we organise seminars, academic and cultural evenings, exhibitions, theatre, literature and film evenings.
  • We introduce the Library and our Reading Room to students and schools, and, if requested, provide a thematic lesson.
  • In our Reading Room readers may watch films, listen to music and audio-books and there are places for language study and the use of laptops.
  • Home lending of items


The collections of the Reading Room comprise more than 3 000 items: books, video films, DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, audio books, and cassettes.

Subject fields

History, film, philosophy, linguistics, language study, literary science, culture, arts, natural sciences, country study, economy, music, banking, pedagogics, politics, psychology, religion, social sciences, theatre, tourism, law

The collection includes reference publications and a wide range of Swiss classical and modern fiction. The Reading Room regularly receives 11 journals; in addition readers may use an online database of the new edition of the literary lexicon Kindlers Literatur Lexicon.

The Swiss Reading Room was opened at the National Library of Estonia in 1997 in collaboration with the Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia and the Embassy of Switzerland in Helsinki

Main cooperation partners

Embassy of Switzerland in Helsinki
Swiss-Baltic Chamber of Commerce SBCC
Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
Estonian Association of Teachers of German

The cooperation partners complement the collections with new literature and provide support in arranging language study and cultural events.


Swissworld org – Your Gateway to Switzerland
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Swiss Education System