Gisela Recke-Erkelenz, lic. phil.I

C.G. Jung founded the Psychology Club Zurich in 1916. During the past 100 years a specialist library of Jungian literature and a comprehensive archive have been developed. The library now comprises over 7000 volumes, including literature on psychoanalysis, Jungian analytical psychology (both original and secondary sources), folk tales and myths, alchemy, the history of religion, biographies, lexica and periodicals: Jungiana and Eranos. In the past five years these works have been digitalised and are now more easily accessible. During the digitalisation process the library was closed.

The library offers a quiet place to work and study, with photocopier and Internet access. If you wish to hear recordings of previous lectures, this can be arranged in advance.

You are warmly invited to read, research and engage in discussion in this place. Ideas for the future development of the library and for new acquisitions are gladly received. We hope that the library will become a lively meeting point for all its users.

Bibliothek des Psychologischen Clubs Zürich
Gemeindestrasse 27
8032 Zürich
+41 (0)44 251 86 20
Gisela Recke-Erkelenz, Leiterin der Bibliothekskommission

Office hours:
Tuesday and Thursday: 1 – 4 pm
The library is closed in July and August and from mid-December to mid-January.
(It is recommended that you telephone or send an email before visiting to confirm that the library is open).

Library Rules

Index of titles Suchfunktion: PC > Ctrl + f / Mac > cmd + f

Psychoanalyse, Analytische Psychologie,
Jungsche Psychologie
Index of authors Sign A (PDF)
- Mythologie, Religionsgeschichte, Symbolgeschichte,
Philosophie, Kulturgeschichte, Kunst, Märchenforschung
Index of authors Sign B (PDF)



Gisela Recke-Erkelenz, lic. phil.I

The Club has maintained archives since its foundation, enabling us to trace the 100-year history of the Club, beginning with the founding charter. Minutes of past board meetings yield glimpses of the times in which they were recorded; annual reports, details concerning persons, together with past and current lectures, all testify to a rich and vigorous intellectual world.

Many lecturers entrusted their manuscripts to the Club, and the recording of lectures began in the 1970s. 450 sound recordings were reviewed and archived in the course of the digitalisation project. Documents have been committed to microfilm to preserve them. The archives are accorded recognition by the Swiss cultural heritage protection authority (Schweizerische Kulturgüterschutz) as an object of regional significance. Today all documents can be retrieved both by author and by title. Many items can be consulted in the form of sound recordings in the library, or viewed in manuscript form.

Digitalisation has made it easier for us to assist with research questions from inland and overseas. We regularly receive enquiries relating to research subjects and individual persons. A notable example in recent years was the research of Sonu Shamdasani, who discovered important information in the archives while preparing the publication of C.G. Jung’s The Red Book. Marianne Jehle-Wildberger drew on documents from the archives for her publication of Jung’s correspondence with the theologian Adolf Keller. Similarly, Imelda Gaudissard found material for her book on Emma Jung. At the beginning of the 1990s, Magnus Ljunggren was conducting research on Emil Medtner, a German-Russian Club member who was the brother of composer Nikolai Medtner. The librarian located a picture of Emil Medtner among drawings and caricatures relating to the Club’s 1936 jubilee; this picture was then reproduced in Ljunggren’s book. Emil Medtner was an active founder-member of the Club until his death in 1936. He commenced a Russian language edition of Jung’s works, which came to a halt with his death. Together with Toni Wolff he delivered a multipart lecture on Goethe, which is still preserved. This example shows how the wealth of interwoven sources concerning themes and persons from Club history continue to be of significant interest for research purposes.

Our librarians assist in making archive sources available for consultation. An official request should be made in advance, and will be dealt with by the board.