Plant Sciences

Opening hours

The Library of Plant Sciences is a specialist academic library and part of the University Library Bern (UB) with limited access to the public. Its collections are primarily intended for members of the Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) of the Botanical Gardens and for registered students. Other interested persons are requested to register beforehand. The collections can be searched for using the swissbib Basel Bern catalog .

Our library is a non-lending library which means that books and periodicals are only lent out internally within the institute. Items can be borrowed for a period of one month with the possibility of renewal. No interlibrary loans. We offer around 16 reading places for working without disturbance. A photocopier is available for use within the building. Please contact the staff. Copies of documents amounting to fewer than 50 pages can be ordered online as PDFs via the swissbib catalog or on paper.

The Library of the Institute of Plant Sciences has its origins in the book collections of the Botanical Institute in the time of Ludwig Fischer (Professor of Botany from 1857 to 1897, flora of Bern) and his son Eduard Fischer (Professor of Botany from 1887 to 1933, specialist in mycology). They were followed by William Henri Schopfer (1933‒1962) whose main area of expertise was growth substances and their effects. The library was expanded over the course of time to include systematics and geobotany (especially flora and monographs) as focal areas. Furthermore, a large number of in some cases extensive collections and donations were incorporated into the library collection.

The present focal priorities of the Institute of Plant Sciences are vegetation, paleo and plant ecology as well as plant physiology and molecular biology. This is reflected in the current collection. Please contact the consultant, Peter von Ballmoos, with any purchase proposals.

All media of the Library of Plant Sciences can be searched for in swissbib Basel Bern.

Books can be found in the open access area of the library pavilion (ground and first floor) where they are categorized by subject group/shelfmark. Special collections are stored in the old mobile shelving unit (Building 21G, bridge section). Further collections can be found in the group libraries and on the premises of the Botanical Gardens.

The Library of Plant Sciences is a non-lending library. No books or periodicals may be taken away from the institute premises. Each loan requires a certificate of location so that the literature always remains available to all users. Current journals, series and reference works as well as textbooks and dictionaries cannot be borrowed and are marked accordingly. Rare, old and valuable books are contained in the archive. They may be viewed following consultation with the library staff.

Infrastructure

  • Approx. 16 reading places, some with lockable cupboards containing drawers, with priority for students of Plant Sciences
  • An inquiry terminal for library database searches. Access with a library account or campus account @students.unibe.ch
  • PC pool with 12 workstations available in descending priority for teaching, maintenance activities, academic assignments, research
  • Seminar room for up to 12 participants
  • Journals: current year in the magazine rack in the library office (ground floor left), older series in the mobile shelving also in the library pavilion, ground floor right.
  • Book collections can be found in the library room with the mobile shelving unit (pavilion, ground floor right), in the library room, pavilion, first floor right, in the old mobile shelving unit (bridge section, ground floor right) and in the group libraries and at the Botanical Gardens. Separately, on the bookshelves in front of the mobile shelving: reference works, textbooks, new additions. Please note: No borrowing
  • Video conference system
  • Wireless LAN (eduroam)
  • Photocopier

Borrowing

The library of the Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) is a non-lending library. No books or periodicals may be taken away from the institute premises. They may be used in the rooms of the library and in the offices and laboratories of the institute.
Each loan requires a certificate of location so that the literature always remains available to all users.
Reference works and textbooks as well as the current series of journals are not available for borrowing but can be viewed on site. Books are marked accordingly.

Services

The library supports students and staff of the IPS in

  • searching for and borrowing books and magazines from the Library of Plant Sciences and other libraries (Christine Dolder)
  • making use of literature databases and searching for information in the field of botany (Peter von Ballmoos)

The Library of Plant Sciences procures literature that is not available online or advises in the procurement of literature available online.

Introductory sessions

How to use the Library of Plant Sciences: duration approx. 20 minutes. On request

Training sessions in literature research are offered on request by the consultant of the Library of Plant Sciences, Peter von Ballmoos.

Further information

Bern University Library regulations