Bühlplatz Library FBB

Opening hours

The Bühlplatz Library FBB contains collections in:

  • preclinical medicine
  • clinical medicine
  • biology
  • geology
  • ancillary sciences (computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics with a focus on statistics)

The FBB is linked to various university libraries in Bern and German-speaking Switzerland via a courier service.


Study Places

  • Study places.
  • 28 carrels for free use (first come, first served)
  • 140 daily study places in the "Silent Zone" (ground floor)
  • 13 tables for groupes up to four persons in the whisper zone (first floor)
  • Eight group rooms with 10 to 12 places and two group rooms with 16 to 20 places with online booking schedule. For reservations outside the booked periods, please complete the forms next to the doors. Please note, however, that priority is given to online reservations
  • Mac pool room with 20 Mac workplaces for persons with Uni accounts
  • Reservable course room with 24 PC workplaces for members of the university, no renting to external persons possible
  • WIFI is available throughout the library for persons with Uni accounts. With VPN access you can also use this authorization to consult e-media from home
  • Here you can find the short video tutorial "how to connect to WLAN"


  • Rental of 65 lockers per six months CHF 20
  • Lockable cloakrooms
  • Uniprint photocopier, scanner, printer in black and white or color (between CHF 0.02 and 1.40)
  • Comb-binding machine
  • Validation station for Unicards
  • Coffee machine on first floor of Cellular Biology Centre
  • Other refreshment facilities
  • Reading corner with daily newspapers (Bund, BZ, NZZ)

Borrowing and Information

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan order form
Loan Renewal Application

Document Delivery

Document Delivery order form
PubMed-ID order form
Loansome Doc

Further information on the services and the tariffs

We offer systematic literature searching support for students, clinicians and researchers.

If you or one of your students is writing a dissertation, a systematic (or other type of) review, or a grant application, we can help you in several ways.
From advising you on which databases to search for your purpose, reviewing your search strategy, helping you to explore grey literature or different searching methods, documenting, writing the methods section, etc., to taking full responsibility for your search and delivering the complete search strategy and results to you.


Courses in systematic literature searching and evidence-based medicine
-    Curricular courses for the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry
-    Specific courses to meet the needs of your institution, department or group
-    Courses for medical master students at the Bühlplatz Library (FBB) to support specific literature searches

One-on-one support

-    Support for the literature search for master theses (pilot service)
-    Support for the literature search for medical dissertation (upcoming)

Mediated searches

Support for publications requiring a thorough literature search, such as systematic reviews, HTAs, clinical guidelines
-    Collaboration in your literature search
-    Peer-review of search strategies
-    ‘Mediated search’, i.e. we develop, and carry out, the search for your publication to your specifications (with co-authorship to be negotiated)


These services are free of charge for master students but chargeable for clinicians and researchers.
If you are affiliated to the University of Bern: teaching: 255 CHF/h, mediated search: 88 CHF/h.
External enquiries or special courses - please ask for an offer.



Book a support session

Please complete the following form and send it to support_med@ub.unibe.ch
To be sure that our support is available when you need it: please book your session well in advance! Thanks!

Scientific Writing Courses with Dr. Kali Tal: To sign up please use the ILIAS-links at the bottom of this page or email kali.tal@ub.unibe.ch. Participants should have English at a C1 level or higher. Please bring a laptop. Courses take place in the Fachbereichsbibliothek Bühlplatz, room B179 (upper floor, last room).
Course Title Description Date 2018
Managing Co-Authors and the Ethics of Authorship Writers often have questions about the nature of authorship, the requirements for inclusion as an author, and the ordering of authors. Collaborating with other authors is also sometimes a challenge. This course is designed to help you with both practical and ethical aspects of authoring. It introduces checklists and organisational tools to help you communicate with co-authors, set and keep deadlines, document contributions, resolve conflicts, and ensure authors and their institutions receive proper credit for their work.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Oct. 24,


Dates to be anounced!


Research Support Services Medicine

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Media processing and lending

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