Lerchenweg Library

Islamic Studies • Science of Religion • Social Anthropology

Opening hours

Lerchenweg Library is open to the public; however, its services and collections are geared toward the needs of the researchers, lecturers and students of the University of Bern.
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  • Study places: 18 workplaces and 22 reservable master workplaces
  • Wireless LAN (network of the University of Bern and Bern University of Teacher Education)
  • 38 lockers for registered customers
  • Uniprint device
  • The library rules must be observed on the entire premises of Unitobler.

Campus Consulting

  • Science of Religion
    Contact: Subject specialist Denis Maier
  • Islamic Studies and Social Anthropology
    Contact: Subject specialist Ronja Ulrich


Registered customers (IDS library pass or Unicard of the University of Bern) may borrow books and media from the library. The conditions for loan and use are based on the regulations of the University Library Bern.

The library has a self-checkout station for borrowing items from the unrestricted access collection. Other borrowing options: Basisbibliothek Unitobler (1st basement level).

You can reserve books from the mobile shelving and other locations that are not freely accessible via the swissbib Basel Bern catalog and collect them from the Lerchenweg Library after two days at the earliest and one week at the latest.

Media from the non-lending and course reserve collections cannot be borrowed but can be consulted on site.

There is a returns box if you wish to return any media when the library is closed. Other ways of returning: Basisbibliothek Unitobler, support platform (Länggasstr. 49, 2nd floor)

Lerchenweg Library comprises around 60,000 documents. The collection priorities are as follows:

Social Anthropology:

  • Anthropology of transnationalism, of the state, of work, Islamic societies, of kinship
  • Migration and gender research
  • Legal and media anthropology
  • Economic and environmental anthropology

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies:

  • History and culture of the Near and Middle East
  • Linguistics of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Central Asian Turkic languages
  • Literatures of the Near and Middle East (in original language)

Science of Religion:

  • Religious theory, religious systematics, literature on religious traditions
  • Buddhism in India and the Tibetan culture area



Subject Librarians