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Bibliothek Geschichte

The History Library is the library of the Historical Institute and a sub-library of the University Library Bern. Its collections are primarily intended for members of the university, students and other specialists.

Our room information system leads you to the libraries, rooms, and services available at Unitobler.

The contents of the History Library correspond with the research priorities of the Historical Institute. You can search for documents from the collection via swissbib Basel Bern.

The institute library has a collection of around 100,000 volumes that grows by around 3,500 new acquisitions each year. Around 250 current journals, 300 completed journals and a smaller collection of maps and audiovisual media (CDs, DVDs, microforms etc.) supplement the collection.

Some of the collection (including old collections, journals and licentiate dissertations) has since 2014 been housed in the vonRoll Library's storage depot.

The History Library collects literature on the thematic priorities of the Historical Institute.

We are also happy to accept purchase proposals by e-mail or form.


  • Study places: 38 long-term workplaces and around 70 reading places for students of the institute. Further details can be found in the (Document in German).
  • One self-lending terminal
  • One search point
  • Wireless LAN (network of the University of Bern)
  • Photocopiers are available at the Basisbibliothek Unitobler (BTO).
  • Course reserve collections The individual lecturer will provide information about the precise location and usage provisions.


Registered users (IDS library pass or Unicard of the University of Bern) may borrow books and media from the library. The conditions of borrowing and use are based on the regulations on use of the University Library Bern.

The collections of the History Library can be found on the first basement floor and two platforms on the ground floor of the Unitobler and are borrowed electronically.

Open access collection on first basement floor:

The open access collections on the first basement floor can only be accessed via the Basisbibliothek Unitobler. The books must be collected by the users from the shelves and issued at the loan desk of the Basisbibliothek.

Ground floor (platforms 1 and 2):

The borrowable collections of the Ancient History section on platform 2 can be issued by the users at the self-lending terminal in the foyer of the Historical Institute.
The collections on platform 1 (manuals, atlases, encyclopedias etc.) generally cannot be borrowed.

You can reserve special collections (rare collections, DVDs, CDs) via the swissbib Basel Bern catalog and collect them from the Basisbibliothek Unitobler after two days at the earliest and one week at the latest.

Media from the non-lending and course reserve collections as well as the latest journals (display) and microforms cannot be borrowed but can be consulted on site.


Media are returned to the Basisbibliothek. They can also be returned to the support platform on the second floor.

Outside opening hours a return box is available in the Basisbibliothek.


We generally do not send any items to private individuals. In exceptional cases we send individual media to the interlibrary loan departments of public libraries.


We do not participate in the messenger service.

Interlibrary loans:

Active (or outgoing) interlibrary loans: In exceptional cases we send books from our own collections to libraries in Switzerland.
Passive (or incoming) interlibrary loans: Our library does not offer this service. Please contact the Basisbibliothek Unitobler.


We generally do not send out any photocopies from books or journals. Photocopying facilities are available at the BTO.

Introductory sessions

Library introductory sessions are offered as part of courses (tutorials).

Consultation hours for literature research with the history consultant of the University Library Bern: Dr. Lennart Güntzel.
Assistance with research for specific topics, research strategies, databases and Internet sources, use of literature management programs.
Consultation hours during the semester Thursday 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. (Office B022) or by arrangement.




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