New Here & First Semester
Are you new here? Welcome! At this place we have main information around your library and for your media search .
Regular opening hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 - 21:30
7:45 - 15:30
Divergent opening hours
Please consult always updated dates on the website of the ZHB (especially for local holidays and summer openings).
For students of the University as well as of the PH Lucerne there are supplementary Sunday openings during the learning phase.
As a rule, the library is closed during the first two weeks of August. During this period our local holdings can then be ordered to our location at Sempacherstrasse.
Reduced summer opening hours
In July and the second half of August, we close as early as 18:30.
Create a Library Account
Your CampusCard is also your library card. For the borrowing of books you have to register with your Switch edu-ID at swisscovery (our library system).
Please enter a private email address in addition to the unilu email address and do not forget to enter the IDS number from the CampusCard during the registration. If you need help please consult the information desk in the library.
Search for Media
In our search portal swisscovery you will find printed and electronic media for your studies. We recommend starting via the "ZHB/Uni/PH-View": rzs-uniph.swisscovery.org. And please have a look at our information sheet for literature search.
For borrowable media, the regular loan period is 28 days (in the area of law: 14 days). If there are no reservations, the loan period is automatically extended up to 168 days (Law: 84 days). You can find everything else about borrowing and using the reference collections on the website of ZHB Lucerne.
Media from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, ZHB Sempacherstrasse, Pedagogical Media Centre, and also from our external stacks in the Swiss Cooperative Storage Library can be ordered via the swisscovery search portal. They will be made available to you free of charge on the self-collection shelf here in the library.
Media from 470 other Swiss libraries outside the central Switzerland region can be ordered via the swisscovery search portal for CHF 6 per item and delivered via courier to the Uni/PH building location.
For your luggage there are 100 day lockers in the basement level 1 of the Uni/PH Building. These must be emptied every evening. Lockers require a refundable deposit of CHF 1.
You can also rent a locker for the whole semester, or also for a week. To rent a key, please go to the University of Lucerne information desk on the ground floor.
Is the library too crowded? At our location at ZHB Sempacherstrasse there are further workspaces including WiFi infrastructure.
Printing, Photocopying & Scanning
We offer four multifunction copying machines in two separate rooms at the ZHB Uni/PH building library. Documents can also be printed by a USB stick (CHF 0.10 per b/w page A4). Scanning of documents is free of charge. The location of the copying machines is here.
Introductions & Trainings
Help Yourself: E-Tutorial
We also offer also a video tutorial in english
Research Tipps for My Subject of Study
Tips for research in all university subjects and contacts to our subject librarians:
Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Economics and Management
Desire for Variety?
We offer english fiction e-books by Overdrive / E-Books-Switzerland.
Worldwide E-Magazines and E-Newspapers you get by PressReader.
German speaking movies you can find by filmfriend.
Contact & Advice
We are here for you - by phone, by (e-)mail or on site at the information desk.
Tel +41 41 349 76 00
An overview of our services is also available by download.