Opening hours

The Philosophy Library is  primarily intended for members of the university, students and other specialists.

Our room information system leads you to the libraries, rooms, and services available at Unitobler.


  • Study places: 30 workplaces (cabinets are issued via the librarians)
  • One search point
  • One self-lending terminal
  • Wireless LAN (network of the University of Bern)
  • The library rules must be observed on the entire premises of Unitobler.


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

A terminal for electronic self-lending is available in the foyer of the institute for borrowing items from the open access collection. Further borrowing facilities: support platform (second floor), Basisbibliothek Unitobler (first basement floor)

Media from the non-lending collection, from reference and course reserve collections as well as journals are not available for borrowing but can be consulted on site. A return box is available for returning media in the foyer of the institute. Other ways of returning: support platform, Basisbibliothek Unitobler

Introductory sessions

Introductory sessions to the library are offered as part of courses and on request.

Bibliothek Philosophie

The contents of the Philosophy Library corresponds with the research priorities of the Institute of Philosophy. You can search for documents from the collection via swissbib Basel Bern.

Around 30,000 books are categorized on two platforms according to subject group/shelfmark. Around 30 current journals can be found in the foyer of the library.
Books and media can be borrowed at the newly created Unitobler platform or at the self-lending terminal with an IDS user card.
The documents cannot be ordered online.