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Bibliothek Sprachwissenschaft

The Linguistics Library is the library of the Institute of Linguistics and a sub-library of the University Library Bern. The library is open to the public; however, its collections are primarily intended for members of the university, students and other specialists.

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The collection of the Linguistics Library comprises around 51,000 books categorized by subject group in the open area (Linguistics shelfmark plan (pdf, 114KB)). It is primarily made up of specialist literature on general and historical and comparative linguistics. The collection priorities include theoretical disciplines of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, dialectology, typology, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics with multilingualism research and psycholinguistics with a special focus on studies of language acquisition. The focus in historical and comparative linguistics lies on grammatical individual and overall presentations of the Indo-European languages, papers and dictionaries on the languages and dialects of Iran and the Caucasus and on Tibeto-Burmese and other Southern and South East Asian languages.
The latest editions of current journals are contained in the foyer.
The entire collection is contained in the swissbib Basel Bern catalog.


  • Study places: 24 long-term workplaces for students of linguistics. The workplaces are assigned on a long-term basis and can be reserved by the semester. Interested students should contact the institute secretariat.
  • One search point
  • One self-lending terminal
  • Wireless LAN (network of the University of Bern)


Registered customers (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.

A terminal for electronic self-lending is available in the foyer of the institute for borrowing items from the open access collection.  Further borrowing facilities: Support platform (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., second floor), Basisbibliothek (BTO) (8 a.m. to 7 p.m., first basement floor).

You can reserve items from the mobile shelving 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 collection (manuals), the course reserve collections as well as journals and individual works explicitly labeled as not for lending are excluded from borrowing. These can be consulted in the library.

A return box is available in the foyer of the institute for returning media. Other ways of returning: Basisbibliothek Unitobler, support platform

Introductory sessions

Introductory sessions are offered as part of courses and on request.

Training sessions in subject-specific research are offered by the subject librarian for general and comparative linguistics, Katharina Steiner.