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 Audience / Prerequisites Date 2018
Writing the Introduction to the Scientific Paper What goes in your Introduction? This is often a hard question for scientists to answer, because you always know so much more than can fit into a small space. This course explains how to use the Introduction to set up the scientific narrative that you will tell in your paper. The Introduction is broken down, so you will learn the function of each paragraph in the Introduction. it will teach you to effectively match your Introduction to the requirements of your target journal. Medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis. Jun 06
Writing the Methods & Results sections of the scientific paper This course offers a set of evidence-based rules for writing clear and consistent Methods and Results sections.  It encourages writers, and gives them the tools to start writing Methods sections early in the research process, and to incrementally build Results sections that match you methods. Medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis. Jun 20
Writing the Discussion section of a scientific paper Many medical researchers and clinicians find writing the Discussion the most complicated and challening part of writing a scientific paper.  This course offers you clear, evidence-based rules for writing your Discussion, so you are always sure what belongs in ths sections… and what does not. The Discussion is broken down to the paragraph level, and the function of each paragraph is explained.
Medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis. Jul 04
Introduction to Grant Writing What do funders want to see in your grant application?  This course will help you figure that out, and to tell your scientific story so that the importance and urgency of your project is vividly clear to funders. It will instroduce all aspects of grant writing, from choosing the right grant, writing short and long proposals, and presenting your work to a review board. Medical researchers or clinicians who want to write grant applications. Jul 18
Integratng Slides into an Effective Presentation Everyone has endured terrible PowerPoint presentations.  A bad presentation is easy to recognize, but how do you make sure your presentation is good?  This course gives you some simple rules to follow when creating slides to accompany your medical research or clinical talks. Participants will analyze presentations, give their own very short presentation, and receive constructive critique. Medical researchers or clinicians who want to give better presentations. If you have them, feel free to bring existing slides that you would like to improve. Aug 08
Presenting Yourself: Showcasing your accomplishments in applications Self-presentation is difficult for many resarchers, and especially those from cultures where self-promotion is not encouraged.  This course focuses on how best to ensure that potential employers, funders, and collaborators gain a positive and realistic picture of the skills and experiences you can bring to your projects.  We will discuss CVs, job application letters, grant applications, and other situations in which scientists can and should self-promote.  Students will have the chance to revise their own CVs and work on their own career plans, to create a basis for future applications. Medical researchers or clinicians who must promote their work and demonstrate their skill and experience to others. Aug 15

6 June: Writing the Introduction to the Scientific Paper
ILIAS link for registration: https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1314675_rcodebwqBsay4R4&client_id=ilias3_unibe

20 June: Writing the Methods & Results Sections of a Scientific Paper:
ILIAS link for registration:  https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1314731_rcodeqSNbzKbftW&client_id=ilias3_unibe

4 July: Writing the Discussion Section  of a Scientific Paper
ILIAS link for registration: https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1314775_rcode3gpmRQxfCM&client_id=ilias3_unibe

18. July: Introduction to Grant Writing
ILIAS link for registration: https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1314809_rcode55HcSc2LEv&client_id=ilias3_unibe

8 August: Integrating Slides into an Effective Presentation
ILIAS link for registration: https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1314813_rcode2q8PqvLDHh&client_id=ilias3_unibe

15 August: Presenting yourself: showcasing your accomplishments in applications and interviews
ILIAS link for registration: https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1314731_rcodeqSNbzKbftW&client_id=ilias3_unibe




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