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Our media collection

In the HSG-Library, you can find ca. 550'000 printed books and journal volumes, 5'000 Non-Books (DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs), more than 400'000 E-Books as well as more than 127'000 licensed E-Journals. Furthermore, we provide access to a wide range of Databases. The focus of our media collection is on business & economics literature as well as on law and social sciences. These documents are freely accessible in the library and are arranged thematically  

You can search our media collection with our discovery tool HSGswisscovery . With  HSGswisscovery , you can go even further! By selecting the search profile «swisscovery», you can expand your search to the media collection of 500 academic libraries in Switzerland. Furthermore, HSGswisscovery is offering access to free electronic collections provided by other libraries in the network.


Media Scout - the Spatial Information System of the HSG Library

"Where are the reserve collections? And where can I find a scanner? How can I find the printed journal issues in the basement? And where have you hidden the audio book and the DVD video collection? And, by the way, how do I get to the music rooms?” All these questions and more can be answered by consulting our MediaScout.

Whenever you stumble upon this MediaScout icon in your online research - just click on it and you will be shown the relevant location.

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Our digital collections and exhibitions

Silver Society

In social sciences, we can observe a demographic change, which is referred to as a megatrend called silver society. The role of elderly people (65+) is becoming increasingly important in our society. We stay healthy and fit for longer, which effects our social system. How can and must society react to this change? In this exhibition we have compiled books on the topic of silver society.

Art in Architecture @HSG

Here you will find literature about artists and architects whose works are to be found on the HSG campus and testify to the deep connection between art and architecture at the University of St.Gallen.

Food Waste and Food Culture (Status 05/24)

The topic of food and eating is being viewed increasingly critically today. Criticism of excessive consumption, a lack of animal welfare and the waste of food and resources is more and more becoming the focus of cooking. This is the result of an ongoing development of food and our cooking habits. We have compiled a list of works on the history and culture of food, waste and sustainability and books on food in literature and art.


Fiction books acquired in recent years in German and English.

80 years of Unisport (Status 01/24)

«Keep moving together» 80 years of Unisport: physical education, physical training, health promotion and incentive to peak performance. On the occasion of the current anniversary, we are presenting a selection from our diverse range on the topic of "sports and fitness" in the library. Discover exciting biographies, training manuals and technical literature.

Publications by HSG members

This collection contains publications written by members of the University of St.Gallen in the past years.

125 years of HSG (Status 09/23)

125 years ago, the University of St. Gallen (HSG) was founded as a business school because eastern Switzerland's textile industry was in need of well educated businessmen. In its history, the university has changed its location twice due to increasing numbers of students: From its first location in the west wing of the Kantonsschule am Burggraben, it moved to a new building in the Notkerstrasse in 1911 and then to its current location on the Rosenberg in 1963. Today, the HSG is a prestigious place of learning and science but at the same time is open to the public thanks to its public lectures and various events.

Banned Books (Status 05/23)

Until the twentieth century, the prohibition of books was a widespread form of censorship and served primarily to preserve the existing balance of power. In some coutries it is still common for the government to ban certain literature. For the most part, these books contain either political, educational or religious subjects which were deemed dangerous. The suppression of these critically viewed books caused a cultural loss. We have gathered a selection of controversial works for you. All titles contain a brief commentary on their banishment.

SQUARE - Architecture and Art (Status 1/23)

The library has assembled a choice selection of publications, which provide information on the architect Sou Fujimoto, pieces of art in and around the SQUARE, as well as on the particularities of this new type of building.

Pride Month (Status 10/22)

Diversity and inclusion have been promoted at the University of St.Gallen for a long time. Since 2020, as a result of a student initiative, the HSG has celebrated Pride Month every October. The library supports this with an exhibition of theme-related literature.

The history of Ukraine and the relationship with Russia (Status 07/22)

This exhibition addresses the history of Ukraine and the relationship with Russia from different perspectives - historical, political, legal, but also literary.