70 years Iron Library Foundation

From convent to cloud

Two libraries and their books

Letterpress printer

Long before the Iron Library was founded, the Paradies convent had a library, which has a tradition going back 770 years. This library is also the biggest secret of Paradies convent. Our exhibition throws light on this secret and presents the magnificent manuscripts from the library of the former Clarissan convent. They can be seen again in Paradies – for the first time in 500 years!


From convent to cloud

70 years of the Iron Library foundation

"Magister Scriniorum"

Rooted in Paradies, networked worldwide – the Iron Library with its treasure of books looks back on 70 years of technology knowledge transfer. The Library began in the 1940s at the initiative of GF manager Ernst Müller and has become an established brand in the world of libraries specializing in the history of technology. The anniversary exhibition will present highlights from the collection and explain materials and technologies found in the books. You will also learn about the origin of selected holdings and will get a glimpse of the digital future in a library.



Exhibition dates

6 May - 19 July 2019


Opening hours

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission to the exhibition, unguided


Public guided tours on Wednesdays

Wednesdays at 12 noon
The Iron Library team leads a guided tour of the exhibition lasting 30 minutes, no booking necessary.


Group tours

Tours for groups of up to 20 people, Mondays to Fridays. Please book in advance.
Cost of group tour: CHF 150 / group.
For further information: eisenbibliothek@georgfischer.com


Colored paper workshop

Get the creative bug! You can create paper yourself, the very kind of paper you'll see in the exhibition.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 3-6 p.m.

Workshop leader: Sandra Mertens, book-binder, Gottlieben

The maximum number of participants is 8.
Contribution towards costs: CHF 30.
Register by 3 June: eisenbibliothek@georgfischer.com


Open House Day at Paradies

The Iron Library and Klostergut teams welcome you to a day full of memorable impressions.

Sunday, 23 June 2019, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Discover the exhibitions in the Iron Library and the Klostergut convent.

Print on a spindle press with the Gutenberg Guild.

Forge nails with the Eligius Blacksmiths Guild.

Visit the beautiful convent church.

Enjoy coffee and cake!


Dialog in the exhibition

The Iron Library team takes a tour through the exhibition in dialog with a guest.
Duration 60 minutes.
The maximum number of participants is 20.
Please register with: eisenbibliothek@georgfischer.com


Wednesday, 22 May, 6 p.m.

Dr. Meda Diana Hotea, Head of Rara and Maps at the ETH Library, Zurich
Behind the scenes at e-rara.ch


Wednesday, 12 June, 6 p.m.

Oliver Thiele, Department Head, Libraries of the City of Schaffhausen
Convent, municipal and Iron Library – what next? Libraries of the Schaffhausen region through the ages


Wednesday, 10 July, 6 p.m.

Dr. Rudolf Gamper, historian and manuscript specialist, Winterthur
Aristoteles and King David: Manuscripts: a window into knowledge at the Iron Library and in the Clarissan convent