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Our library is specialized in scientific literature and narrative literature. It is not a public library but it is available to the following users:

  • Our employees
  • Patients and their families in our inpatient and outpatient facilities
  • External people who are involved with the topic of spinal cord injury

We offer access to our Library Catalog in which our media (scientific and narrative literature) are listed. We do not offer an interlibrary loan service.

We also offer access to the ParaDoc Database in which publications on the theme of spinal cord injury from various countries and in various languages are indexed. These include historical books and articles from 1819 onwards (medical research literature is not included). The Paradoc Database is intended to serve as a bibliography rather than as a lending catalogue. The books listed in the database are not available for lending. They can be consulted in the library. If you require more information about a specific article, please send us an email and we will be pleased to send it to you.  

We are active in two areas: Scientific Literature and Narrative Literature

Library | Scientific Literature

Library | Scientific Literature
Since solutions do not usually just fall into our laps, those who want to help and heal must carry out research.
Everyone blazes his or her own path and we are here to accompany them.

Healing takes time to develop and improve, not to mention lots of patience.

No matter how injured someone is, we want to assist them towards optimal independence.   

Library | Narrative Literature

Library | Narrative Literature
People who read always have something to laugh about. Even the most complex of stories pulsate with the pleasures of life that we all truly need.

People who tell stories reveal something about how we live as human beings in this world and how we learn from life, regardless of age and phase of life.

Narrative Literature is in search of what is important in life and what we love.

For us, literary readings are the highlights of the year. Announced well in advance, they provide an opportunity to examine the selected texts ourselves. We then encounter the author and can experience again and again the astonishing resonance of narrative literature with our own lives. Unforgettable!

Literary Readings 2015/2016  
Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 17:15 and 19:30 Jenny Erpenbeck
Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 17:15 and 19:30 Esther Kinsky
Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 17:15 and 19:30 Norbert Scheuer

Library Service on the Wards
Once a week our volunteers provide a selection of narrative literature to the patients on the wards. If you are looking for a book or would like information, we will help you as best we can. We are glad when a book is found to be moving, exciting, good and useful.

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Swiss Paraplegic Centre
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4
CH-6207 Nottwil

Hildegard Oswald

T +41 41 939 57 78
F +41 41 939 57 79

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From Monday to Friday
09:00 to 13:00
14:00 to 16:45


Guido A. Zäch Institut (GZI)
Wing 1, 4th level

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