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Library of Exact Sciences

The Library of Exact Sciences is the sub-library of the University Library for the disciplines of mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, astronomy and the philosophy of natural sciences. Alongside teaching staff, researchers and students, its services are available to the public at large. The entire collection is listed in the NEBIS catalog and largely available for borrowing.

In the Library of Exact Sciences about 45'000 books and 400 current journals and series are available. The entire collection is listed in the NEBIS catalog but can also be found in swissbib Basel Bern. In order to borrow books from the Library of Exact Sciences, you need to register at a NEBIS library.

Reserve collections

Literature of relevance for lectures and seminars is compiled by the lecturers and made available to the students for viewing in the Library of Exact Sciences. The documents can be found on the first floor and are not available for borrowing.

Archive

The Library of Exact Sciences maintains archives of journals and monographs. Customers and members of the institutes served by the Library of Exact Sciences may order documents from the archives not available for lending for a short period from the library team.

Note concerning e-journals and databases

The use of electronic journals and databases is permitted to all members of the university. It is prohibited to download entire years, series or search results systematically, for instance with search engines. In addition, the directives concerning the use of IT resources of the University of Bern apply.

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Infrastructure

Services

  • Information (Office111b opposite the library entrance). Opening hours: weekdays from 8.30 a.m. until 12 noon and from 1.30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Interlibrary loans (online via the NEBIS catalog)
  • Loans and returns (registration in the NEBIS catalog needed)
  • Return documents NEBIS and ZB Zürich (return container in the entrance area of the Library)
  • Guided tours (Beginning of semester. A brief introduction for individuals is possible at any time)

Further information

Administration

Team

Subject Librarian

The Exact Sciences building is located at the site of the former university observatory. The fundamental point for the Swiss national system of coordinates, the so-called zero point of Switzerland, can be found in one of the atriums. Between 1959 and 1963 the Albert Einstein Ludwig Schläfli Institute of Exact Sciences was created and extended in 1972/74 to the south and east. During the years 1992 and 1993, the inner courtyard of the building was converted into the Library of Exact Sciences and the institute libraries for mathematics, statistics, physics and astronomy were merged. In 2014 the Library of the Institute of Computer Science was integrated.

Altes Physikalisches Institut mit Sternwarte am Ort des heutigen Gebäudes Exakte Wissenschaften
Old Institute of Physics with Observatory, constructed 1876/77.