gta Archives
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Walter Jonas, Intrapolis, c.1969

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gta Archives and gta Library operations under COVID-19
Safety measures as of 8 June

The gta Archives and gta Library will open again, in limited capacity, as of 8 June. We ask users to visit the archive and library only in urgent cases. When possible, we prefer written inquiries.

To protect our staff and visitors, a special protection concept will be in place. ETH rules will apply with the following measures and restrictions:

  • Visits are only possible by appointment.
  • Opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10.00 to 16.00. Visitors are granted a time slot. Cancellations should be communicated at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Visitors are requested to wait in front of the gta Archive door and not enter the rooms on their own.
  • Visitors are also requested to bring and wear a protective mask.
  • Hands must be disinfected before entering and leaving the archive rooms or workstations. Dispensers are available.
  • In order to guarantee social distancing guidelines, visitors must remain at their assigned workstations.
  • Library users are requested to communicate the bibliographic information of the books they wish to consult before their visit.
  • Archive users are requested to communicate the inventory numbers of the desired documents before the visit.

We ask users to inform us if they fall ill with COVID-19 and are tested positive within two weeks of their visit. Furthermore, we ask for your understanding that we will pass on your contact details to the relevant authorities for possible contact tracing cases.

Persons who feel ill or have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, breathing difficulties) are not allowed to visit the archive or the library.

We strictly adhere to the applicable directives and recommendations of the authorities and the ETH. The rules of distance, behaviour and hygiene that apply to visitors are also followed by the gta Archives and gta Library team. We are continuously updating our measures based on current guidelines. Visitors must comply with our guidelines and instructions.

gta Archives & gta Library
Muriel Pérez & Afra Häni

The gta Archives is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 17.00, but only by prior written appointment. The best way to contact us is via our online request form. Visitors from abroad may be granted special conditions. It is also possible to make research enquiries by letter. In principle our archival materials are only sent out, on loan, for exhibitions. Requests for loans must reach the gta Archives at the latest six months prior to the beginning of the period of lending.

For a list of books, exhibition catalogues and omnibus volumes recently published by the gta Archives on the research projects based on its holdings, please click here. For other, mainly older books, magazine articles, and contributions to anthologies, please check directly the holdings you are interested in.

The use of items on landscape architecture and spatial planning held by the NSL Archive (gta) is subject to special regulations and only possible by appointment. Please register well ahead of your visit by using our online request form.

Throughout August and the first two weeks of January, the archives and the library are completely closed for stocktaking, and holdings cannot be used at all. Researchers are therefore requested to plan their project schedules accordingly.

If you wish to come by public transport, please download the PDF “How to find us (public transport)” below. In the PDF you will also find information how to reach us directly from Zurich airport and the main station.

If you wish to come by car or lorry, please by all means download the PDF “How to find us (car, lorry)” below. If you come by car, turn left in front of the blue automatic gate and leave your car on Level B of the multi-storey car park. Lorry drivers should drive straight through the gate, which opens automatically, to “Anlieferung HIL” (i.e. our delivery yard).


Site map gta Archives / NSL Archive

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Access plan depot ZLC building, Herrliberg

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