Library Profile

Lib4RI is the joint «Library for the Research Institutes within the ETH Domain: Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL». It was established on 1 January 2011 merging the individual libraries of the four research institutes. A review of our work (2011-2016) and a strategic outlook (2017-2020) are provided in the Lib4RI-Update #12 – Special Edition 2016: 5 Years Lib4RI – Excellent Services for Excellent Research.

As a scientific library, we provide all affiliates of the four institutes at their 11 research sites with comprehensive access to literature and technical information for research, teaching and consulting. We continuously improve our services particularly with regards to the growing trend towards electronic information provision.

Organisational Structure

Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

PSI – Paul Scherrer Institute

WSL – Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

The four research institutes within the ETH domain are federally funded conducting basic and applied research in science and engineering – as ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne – at highest international level (according to bibliometric analyses by CWTS, Leiden, see annual report 2014 of the ETH board on the ETH domain).

The library Lib4RI with its three staffed main locations, Eawag-Empa Dübendorf, PSI Villigen and WSL Birmensdorf provide site- and institute-specific user services, and share site-independent services and workflows. Funded by all four research institutes, Lib4RI and its staff are organisationally and administratively associated to Eawag.

Figures and Numbers

Scientists (FTE)

ca 1,250

Library Employees (People)


Holdings (Print)

approx. 262,100

Holdings (E-journals)


Holdings (E-books)


Loans (Print)


Fulltext Downloads (E-journals and e-books)

approx. 1,243,150

Document Deliveries


Participants in Trainings


Expenditure (Total)


Expenditure (Material)


Data as of 31.12.2017

Annual Reports & Strategy

Lib4RI-Update #12 – Special Edition 2016: 5 Years Lib4RI – Excellent Services for Excellent Research, available in English (PDF, 2.5 MB) and German (PDF, 2.5 MB).

Jahresbericht 2012 (in German, PDF, 2560 kB)
Jahresbericht 2011 (in German, PDF, 1590 kB)
Jahresbericht 2010 (in German, PDF, 742 kB)

Publications and Presentations

Steering Committee

Lib4RI’s steering committee comprises 9 members: one directorial board member of each research institute (decision-making), one additional scientist of each research institute (advisory) and the head of the library (advisory).

Current members:

Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen (Chair), Deputy Director, Eawag
Dr. Piet Spaak, Head Department Aquatic Ecology, Eawag
Dr. Urs Leemann, Directorial Board Member, Empa
Prof. Dr. Manfred Heuberger, Head Laboratory of Advanced Fibers, Empa
Dr. Peter Allenspach, Directorial Board Member, PSI
Dr. Markus Furger, Scientist Gasphase and Aerosol Chemistry, PSI
Dr. Christoph Hegg, Deputy Director, WSL
Dr. Paolo Cherubini, Scientist Dendroecology, WSL
Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher, Head of Lib4RI

TEL. +41 58 765 5700 

Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133

Dr. Rainer Rees-Mertins

t +41 58 765 5795

Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher

t +41 58 765 5221