Accelerating ideas along the life cycle of information in science, research and education.

Passion for Knowledge - Our mission is to help students, researchers and educators to unleash their full potential by boosting ideas that support them in discovering, accessing, using and sharing scientific information and knowledge.

Science and technology are expanding their influence on all aspects of life. This also reflects in scientific work environments itself. Novel applications, tools and practices accelerate the pace of achieving research findings. Concurrently scientific data and information cycles are turning increasingly complex.

Within this context, ETH Library Lab contributes to building and redesigning information architecture and services in a way that brings scientific data and information resources to broader and more efficient use. On one hand it promotes ideas and projects that empower user autonomy, foster open exchange and help to release students, researcher and educators from routine workflows and repetition. On the other hand, it explores new approaches towards serving scientific communities, companies in research & development and people interested in technology and science.

The lab seeks to advance tools, systems, practices and services led by six principles.

making data, information and knowledge openly accessible, shareable and reusable

serving different types of users, needs and expectations

supporting users regardless of (dis-) abilities or backgrounds

bringing complex systems to simple use

building lasting solutions

spreading trusted and validated content

It’s All in the Roots – The ETH Library Lab is a joint initiative of ETH Library and the Library of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It was founded in 2017 and started its operations in the middle of 2018.

From Feburary 2019 the Lab will be located at Technopark Zurich,
a space that brings together people from science, technology
and economy and is home to various innovative start-ups.



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