On 13 March 2020 the Council of State of the Canton of Vaud mandated a series of measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In accordance with these directives, we regret to inform you that all areas of the Jan Michalski Foundation are closed to the public as of 14 March until further notice. All scheduled events in our program are canceled. We will keep you informed of the situation as it develops.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The Jan Michalski Foundation Library opened in 2014. An ideal space for reading and working, the library is free, charging no admission or membership fee, and offers a vast panorama of modern and contemporary literature. The aim of its multilingual and multicultural collections is to reflect all fields of literary creation and learning.

Today the library’s five levels house around 65,000 books in their original language – English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Russian, and Polish are currently represented – as well as in French translation.

The fourth and last floor, which opened in January 2016, features a singular convergence of writing and other forms of artistic expression, notably including a selection of artists’ books and works on typography, calligraphy, and photo-literature.

Finally, completing this impressive range of materials, there is a large selection of literary reviews in a range of languages, as well as dictionaries and encyclopedias.

The catalogue of titles available can be consulted in the library or online at any time. Books may circulate outside the library but you need to register with us first (see information).

And on the library blog, the staff share some of their recent favorites as a kind of invitation to come and discover the library for yourself.


Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm


Tel.: + 41 21 864 01 06