Provisional Medical Library


Opening hours

Reconstruction of the library in summer 2019

The library FBB closes on June 20 and will be reopened on September 16 as Medical Library. During the process of reconstruction the services of our library are available in our provisional library at Muesmattstrasse 27.

Study Places

  • Study places.
  • 28 carrels for free use (first come, first served)
  • 140 daily study places in the "Silent Zone" (ground floor)
  • 13 tables for groupes up to four persons in the whisper zone (first floor)
  • Eight group rooms with 10 to 12 places and two group rooms with 16 to 20 places with online booking schedule. For reservations outside the booked periods, please complete the forms next to the doors. Please note, however, that priority is given to online reservations
  • Mac pool room with 20 Mac workplaces for persons with Uni accounts
  • Reservable course room with 24 PC workplaces for members of the university, no renting to external persons possible
  • WIFI is available throughout the library for persons with Uni accounts. With VPN access you can also use this authorization to consult e-media from home
  • Here you can find the short video tutorial "how to connect to WLAN"


  • Rental of 65 lockers per six months CHF 20
  • Lockable cloakrooms
  • Uniprint photocopier, scanner, printer in black and white or color (between CHF 0.02 and 1.40)
  • Comb-binding machine
  • Validation station for Unicards
  • Coffee machine on first floor of Cellular Biology Centre
  • Other refreshment facilities
  • Reading corner with daily newspapers (Bund, BZ, NZZ)

Borrowing and Information

  • The conditions of borrowing and usage are based on the University Library Bern’s user regulations.
  • A user account is required for borrowing.
  • You can register online or in person at our counter.
  • You can order most media via the swissbib Basel/Bern catalog.
  • Here you will find instructions for searching and ordering.
  • Most books have a loan period of 4 weeks. If no reservation is received, they are automatically renewed for four weeks. Books with a blue dot above the call number have to be returned by the end of the following day (short loan). Attention: A fine for short loan books not returned on time is applied immediately.
  • Persons reserving borrowed media are notified when they arrive.
  • Orders are retained at the loan desk for collection for five working days following their arrival.
  • You can normally extend this online via your user account.
  • You can bring back our books to the counter at our library or to any other messenger library. A fee is charged for reminders issued for media not returned on time.
  • The Medical Library is a collection point for messenger books.
  • You can receive information about general library issues at our loan desk, online or by e-mail.
  • For subject-specific questions, please contact our specialists.
  • Introductory and training sessions at the Medical Library are published in our News.
  • During weekend and evening opening hours, full service is not available.

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan order form
Loan Renewal Application

Document Delivery

Document Delivery order form
PubMed-ID order form
Loansome Doc

Further information on the services and the fees

The constant change in the medical and health sector is a challenge to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. The Medical Library therefore offers the relevant collections in preclinical and clinical medicine.

The Medical Library is linked to various university libraries in Bern and German-speaking Switzerland via a courier service.


We offer systematic literature searching support for students, clinicians and researchers.

If you or one of your students is writing a dissertation, a systematic (or other type of) review, or a grant application, we can help you in several ways.
From advising you on which databases to search for your purpose, reviewing your search strategy, helping you to explore grey literature or different searching methods, documenting, writing the methods section, etc., to taking full responsibility for your search and delivering the complete search strategy and results to you.


Courses in systematic literature searching and evidence-based medicine
-    Curricular courses for the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry
-    Specific courses to meet the needs of your institution, department or group
-    Courses for medical master students at the Medical Library to support specific literature searches

One-on-one support

-    Support for the literature search for master theses (pilot service)
-    Support for the literature search for medical dissertation (upcoming)

Mediated searches

Support for publications requiring a thorough literature search, such as systematic reviews, HTAs, clinical guidelines
-    Collaboration in your literature search
-    Peer-review of search strategies
-    ‘Mediated search’, i.e. we develop, and carry out, the search for your publication to your specifications (with co-authorship to be negotiated)


These services are free of charge for master students but chargeable for clinicians and researchers.
If you are affiliated to the University of Bern: teaching: 255 CHF/h, mediated search: 88 CHF/h.
External enquiries or special courses - please ask for an offer.


Book a support session

Please complete the following form and send it to
To be sure that our support is available when you need it: please book your session well in advance! Thanks!

Scientific Writing Courses with Dr. Kali Tal: To sign up please use the ILIAS-links at the bottom of this page or email Participants should have English at a C1 level or higher. Please bring a laptop. Courses take place in the Medical Library (Bibliothek Medizin), room B179 (upper floor, last room).
Course Title Description Date 2019
Introduction to Grant Writing What do funders want to see in your grant application?  This course will help you figure that out and tell your scientific story so that the importance and urgency of your project is vividly clear to funders. It will introduce all aspects of grant writing, from choosing the right grant, writing short and long proposals, and presenting your work to a review board. This is essential information for any medical researcher or clinician who will need to write a grant application and applies to most grants and funding proposals.  This is a good introductory workshop for researchers who intend to take more advanced workshops targeted to specific grants.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Jul 31,


Presentation Skills for Medical Researchers: Increase the Effectiveness of Your Conference Talks, Posters, and Job Presentations Everyone has endured terrible presentations.  Poor presentations are easy to recognize, but how do you make sure your presentation is good?  This course gives you some simple rules to follow for improving your presentation skills, from speech and stance, to creating effective slides, to fully engaging your audience. Participants will watch and analyze presentations and identify their own strengths and weaknesses. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who want to give better formal presentations and improve their skill at extemporaneous presentation.  

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Aug 14,


Effective Tables, Figures and Slides: Basic Graphic Design for Medical Researchers Researchers present visual data to make concepts and information easier for their audiences to grasp, but few researchers are taught basic principles of graphic design. This course will quickly familiarize you with best practices in data presentation, including the use of color, images, animations, and other tips and tricks for making sure that your images get your message across without distracting or confusing your reader.  Participants will analyze images on tables, figures and slides, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and learn techniques to improve them. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who want to more effectively use images and tables to support their text. If you have them, feel free to bring existing slides that you would like to improve.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Aug 28,


Standing Out From the Crowd: Showcasing Your Accomplishments in Grant Applications & Job Interviews Self-presentation is difficult for many researchers, and especially those from cultures where self-promotion is not encouraged.  This course focuses on how best to ensure that potential employers, funders, and collaborators gain a positive and realistic picture of the skills and experiences you bring to your projects.  We will discuss CVs, job application letters, grant applications, and other documents in which scientists can and should self-promote.  Participants will have the chance to revise their own CVs and work on their own career plans and applications. This course is useful to medical researchers or clinicians who must promote their work and demonstrate their skills and experience to others. Feel free to bring existing slides/images/tables that you would like to improve.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Sep 10,



Subject Librarians

Research Support Services Medicine

Media processing and lending

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