Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East

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Bibliothek Archäologie

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East Library is the library of the Departments of Archeology of the Mediterranean and Archeology of the Near East of the Institute of Archaeological Sciences of the University of Bern and a sub-library of University Library Bern. Its collections are primarily intended for members of the university, students and other specialists. New customers are requested to register.

The library's collections are distributed throughout the entire building. The collections of the Archaeology of the Mediterranean Department can be found on the ground, first and second floors, and those of the Department of Archaeology of the Near East on the third and fourth floors. A floor plan (PDF, 40KB) with shelfmark locations is provided on each floor to act as a guide.

Archaeology of the Mediterranean Department Library

The sub-library of the Department of Archaeology of the Mediterranean, founded after 1957 in two rooms of the Town and University Library on Münstergasse, has now grown into a collection of 860 running meters distributed across three floors. As one of Switzerland's best equipped libraries in the subject, it is our most important working tool and the books are therefore not available for borrowing. However, a photocopier and various scanners are available in the building.

The thematic focus lies on the culture and art of Greek and Roman antiquity and the Etruscans in the form of journals (approx. 170 subscriptions), loose-leaf publications such as the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, excavation reports, museum catalogs, congress papers and many other publications. As well as the main reference works, bilingual editions of works by classical authors are also provided. The entire collections can be found in the swissbib Basel Bern search interface.

Archaeology of the Near East Department Library

The core of the Archaeology of the Near East Department Library consists of the generous donation of the oriental part of the University of Basel Lieb Library by the Fritz Lieb Foundation. Thanks to the assistance of the planning group of the Faculty of Humanities, the collections were rapidly expanded. In terms of its breadth – archaeology and philology – the library is today by far the most important of its kind in Switzerland. The institute library is our most important working tool; it is therefore designed as an open access library so that access is possible at all times. The collections are not available for borrowing.

The target area of the archaeological part ranges from India to the Mediterranean, from Southern Russia to the Arabian Peninsula with a focus on Iraq, Syria and Turkey; the timescale stretches from the outgoing Epipaleolithic Period (± 10 000 BC) to the end of the Ancient Oriental Empires (sixth century BC).

The philological part comprises the cuneiform script literature: Sumerian, Accadian, Elamite, Hurrian, Urartian and the older Indo-European languages of Asia Minor (Hittite, Luvian, Palaic); the focus is on Sumerian and Accadian.

Infrastructure

  • Study places: 30 study places for students and 8 computer places
  • One search point
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities are available for guests

Borrowing

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East Library is a public non-lending library; borrowing and interlibrary loans are not possible.