Zentralbibliothek, Zurich

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Housed in Predigerkloster, a former Black Friars monastery, Zentralbibliothek serves as the city's main public library, as well as the primary library of the University of Zürich. Pause to admire the mixture of architecture styles, including an adjoining Gothic church tower, before heading in to find a quiet spot to read, work, or browse the Internet with the free Wi-Fi. The library holds a huge collection of fiction, non-fiction, and academic texts, along with magazines, DVDs, and more. Due to its popularity with students, the working spaces library often fills up, so head there early to ensure you find a place. Put Zentralbibliothek and other Zurich attractions into our Zurich day trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • In a very beginning, I walked to this building and though it was a church. In the end I found I was wrong, it is a library for the civic. It's great for the people to study in a very special and...  more »
  • The Central library is located in the old spot of the Dominican monastery connected to the Predigerkirche. If you visit the church, you will get a great view of the architecture of the neighboring...  more »
  • This is a beautiful building right next to Old town. It has a striking tower to the building and amazing architectural details. Definitely worth visiting when in Zurich.  more »
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  • The Predigerkirchen (church in German) is an impressive architectural structure with remarkable high bell tower that is beautifully integrated in the Zurich skyline. It is one of the four main churches of the old town of Zürich and was first constructed in 1231 AD as a Romanesque church. It is located around 150m west of another impressive building - Zurich University.
  • Spent hours in the Zentralbibliothek preparing for exams. Located in the heart of Zürich this is an ideal location for students to learn and socialize.
  • Big research library that has a, good Cafeteria and infrastructure.
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  • Very few silent spaces to study. While the architecture is nice, it doesn't give you the feel of a library like new York city main library does. Also, there are hardly any electrical outlets to plug in. The study area upstairs can get extremely hot due to the sun roof.

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