Our mission is to accelerate ideas and projects helping students, researchers and educators to unleash their full potential by supporting them along their lifecycle of information.

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

disseminating trusted and validated content

ETH Library Lab came to existence by joint initiative from ETH Library and the Library of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It was founded in 2017 and started its operations in April 2018.


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