Services University Library

Interlibrary Loan and Courier


A free media courier runs between these libraries in Bern (UB) from Monday to Friday.

Media that you ordered via the Bernese Courier are ready for collection from Monday to Friday within max. 48 hours.


The IDS courier is a delivery service for the provision of media from external libraries. The service is provided between these libraries:

Charge: CHF 5 per document
Delivery Time: 2-3 days

You will receive a notification when the media item(s) are available at the collection point.

Exact Sciences Courier (NEBIS)

The Library of Exact Sciences  is part of the NEBIS-courier. The service is free of charge.

National and international

The University Library locates documents from Switzerland and abroad, which are not available in the Bernese libraries and and also cannot be ordered for the desired collection point (Basisbibliothek Unitobler, Münstergasse Library, vonRoll Library, Library of Law or Medical Library) by the IDS courier. The loan conditions are governed by the policies of the owning library. The home-loan service cannot be guaranteed (see article 7 of the Regulations on Use).

Delivery times

Switzerland: 1-2 weeks
Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Scandinavia, Spain: 2-4 weeks
France, Italy, Eastern Europe, Overseas: 4-8 weeks
(not guaranteed)


From Switzerland per document CHF 12
From abroad per document according to outlay, at least CHF 15
Handling charge for not collected interlibrary loan orders per document CHF 10

For an extension of the loan period please use the following form:
Renewal form for interlibrary loans