Unitobler Libraries

Theology and Humanities

Opening hours Basisbibliothek

The opening hours of some of the libraries may differ. Please consult the websites of the institute libraries.


The pick-up point for Bern UB Unitobler is located in the Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO.


Borrowing and returning

  • registered users (IDS library pass or Unicard of the University of Bern) may borrow books and media from the library (conditions of borrowing and use are based on the usage regulations of the University Library Bern)
  • to borrow items use the electronic self-lending terminals on the premises or go to the check-out points (Basisbibliothek BTO, support platform, Lerchenweg Library)
  • items from special locations can be ordered via swissbib Basel Bern and can be picked up at the Basisbibliothek  within two weeks
  • items checked out by another user can be reserved via our online catalog and be picked up at the Basisbibliothek within two weeks
  • media from non-circulating collections, course material and the latest issues of journals are excluded from borrowing
  • books from all libraries can be returned in the Basisbibliothek or in one of the libraries served by the local courier
  • the return boxes in the institute libraries can be used exclusively for books from that particular library (boxes may not be emptied daily, please read the information on the boxes)


A free media courier runs between certain libraries of the University of Bern. The Basisbibliothek is also served by the national IDS Courier.

Interlibrary loan and document delivery

For orders for items from abroad or from libraries outside the national courier service please contact the Basisbibliothek or use the order forms available on the website. 

There is no home delivery for items from the Unitobler institute libraries. Please check at your local library about interlibrary loan services.

Information and research assistance

During service hours we gladly assist you in-person or by telephone. Please send written inquiries to unitobler@ub.unibe.ch. Subject-specific inquiries can be sent to the corresponding subject librarian.

Public library and catalogue introductions - in German

The introduction courses will be held online. Please write an e-mail to receicve the Zoom-link.


  • Tuesday 22.09.2020 - 13.00
  • Wednesday 23.09.2020 - 17.00
  • Thursday 24.09.2020 - 17.00
  • Tuesday 29.09.2020 - 17.00
  • Thursday 01.10.2020 - 13.00


Tutorials and guided tours for groups:

The Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO offers introductory tutorials on library use and on catalog searching for groups. Specific tutorials and contact persons can be found in the registration forms for the Department of History or for other departments respectively (early registration requested). In the fall semester 2020/2021 some of the introduction courses will be held online (Zoom)!

You can also explore the Unitobler building and learn about our library services on your own with the Unitobler-Bound.

For information about courses and tutorials in the institute libraries of Unitobler libraries, please check the website of the corresponding libraries