Historical Abstracts Bibliography covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present

JSTOR Archive database with the full text of academic journals from all academic fields, not including the current year

IMB & BCM Articles on European Middle Ages from reference year 1967 (IMB) and monographs from reference year 1958 (BCM)

HBO Specialist literature on all historical periods with a German language focus and documentation on currently emerging work

Bibliographie der Schweizergeschichte Complete reference of publications from home and abroad on the history of Switzerland from prehistoric times to the present day

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History Library

News about e-journals, research data and about the new Bibliothek Mittelstrasse: Coffee Lectures for students and staff of the Institute of History.


Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for History would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made using a tool such as Skype, Zoom, or Jitsi.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the Portal Humanities and Theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).


Our collection in history can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

History Library

  • Specialized literature on all areas of history (ancient to contemporary)
  • Swiss history, history of the Canton of Bern
  • Comprehensive reference library, including reference works and journals

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Basic study literature

Swiss Library of Eastern Europe SOB

  • Literature on the history, politics, society and culture of all Central, South East and East European countries

History of Medicine Library

  • Works on the history of medicine, pharmacy and hospitals
  • Historically relevant original editions

Münstergasse Library

  • Publications on the history of the city and canton of Bern
  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Latest issues of print journals in the Schultheissensaal