Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering Library Biel/Bienne

The Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering Library in Biel/Bienne is a specialised academic library in the field of wood engineering. It is a member of the SLSP network and open to the public. A library ID is required to borrow media. We are happy to advise you on any questions regarding research, media acquisition and the use of the research platform swisscovery and its electronic resources.


use the swisscovery search platform to search nationwide in Switzerland

Opening hours

next special opening hours

from 13 to 17 February 2023
09:30 am – 13:00 pm, closed on afternoon

regular opening hours

Monday         09:30 – 12:30     14:00 – 17:00
Tuesday         09:30 – 12:30     14:00 – 17:00
Wednesday               –                14:00 – 17:00
Thursday       09:30 – 12:30     14:00 – 17:00
Friday            09:30 – 12:30                –



The e-NORM successor solution SNV-Connect for accessing the standards is now available to you.

Log in with your SWITCH edu-ID at to access the standards.

Note: The data in e-NORM will no longer be updated. Access to e-NORM will be discontinued on August 31, 2022.

Christmas/New Year

Friday, 26 December 2022 – Sunday, 8 January 2023

Lecture-free period

Monday, 13 – Friday, 17 February 2023
09:30 am – 13:00 pm
closed on afternoon

Easter Week

Thursday, 6 April 2023
09:30 am – 13:00 pm : open
closed on afternoon

Friday, 7 – Monday, 10 April 2023


Thursday, 18 Mai – Friday, 19 Mai 2023

Whit Monday

Monday, 29 Mai 2023

Summer closure

Monday, 17 Juli – Sunday, 6 August 2023

Summer hours in August

Monday, 7 August – Friday, 15 September 2023
09:30 am – 13:00 pm : open
closed on afternoon

The library

Collections focus

Everything about wood in German, plus some French and English materials.
Our stock is freely accessible. All media except reference holdings can be borrowed.
Access to E-resources licensed by the BFH.

Facilities and services

  • Loan and information counter
  • Research advice
  • 28 workstations
  • 7 research stations
  • Wi-Fi access (bfh-open for external users)
  • Daily newspapers, weekly press for use inside the library

Using our resources

The browser extension Lean Library leads you directly to electronic full-text content offered by your BFH library

Download Lean Library

  2. Install browser extension
  3. Select the library: Berner Fachhochschule
  4. Begin your search for academic literature. The Lean Library pop-ups lead directly to the full-text.

For best results, always activate the VPN.

Lean Library is available for

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge

For Internet Explorer, only a limited version is available. The download for Internet Explorer requires administrator rights.

Use on mobile devices:
iOS operating system from Apple: Academic Browser
Android from Google: under development 

Try Lean Library after download 

  • If the article you are looking for can be found on different platforms, Lean Library will take you to where you have direct access. >> test link
  • If the e-book you are looking for is offered by the BFH libraries, Lean Library will take you directly to the free download. >> test link
  • If you need a password to access a source, Lean Library will inform you accordingly. >> test link
  • If you wish to search the swisscovery library system using a specific search term, click on the desired search term with the right mouse button on any website and select "search@BFH".


Highlight and Search

Lean Library enables you to initiate a search on the swisscovery search platform from any website:

  • highlight one or more terms 
  • right-click with your mouse
  • choose “Search@BFH” in the drop-down menu
  • proceed to search in swisscovery

If you have any questions, please contact your BFH library.

swisscovery search platform

The collections of the BFH Library (books, periodicals, DVDs, etc.; except for the library of the Abegg Foundation) can be searched using the swisscovery search platform:

swisscovery is operated by the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP).

  • Only works with a grade of 4 or higher are kept in paper form in the library.
  • The works that currently have an embargo period are not yet integrated in the open stacks and in the research platform BFH swisscovery.
  • Consult the annual collection of diploma papers written by technicians from 2006 (incl. abstract).
  • Works from before 2006 should be requested from the librarians.
  • Works from 2021 (except Master thesis) are only available in electronic form and are administered by the AHB Biel/Bienne student secretariat. They are not referenced in swisscovery. Contact:

How to search these works in the BFH research platform swisscovery ?

  • Evaluate results and select relevant records for your research
  • To find works in the library from the description, note the course of study, the year of publication and the author's name

Electronic version

Currently there is no database containing a digital version of the works.


SNV-Connect is the successor solution for e-Norm and enables access to standards SIA (only standards, neither Merkblatt/cahier technique, nor Dokumentation/documentation), SN (INB/SWISSMEM), ISO and Electrosuisse collections. Log in with your SWITCH edu-ID.

Lean Library - Find scientific literature more easily and faster

The browser extension Lean Library leads you directly to the full texts offered by your BFH library.
For BFH members only.

FH/BFH e-resources

Most of the bibliographic databases and other online resources offered by the BFH libraries are accessible to BFH students and staff via the BFH network (WLAN or VPN), while other library users can access them at the library's research stations.



To support the green path of Open Access the BFH has set up an institutional repository called ARBOR (Applied Research Bern Open Repository).
A repository is a publicly accessible document server for all types of publications. ARBOR promotes free access to BFH research findings and increases visibility and citeability.

More information about Open Access at the BFH


E-Periodica is the platform for Swiss journals online and is a service of the ETH Library. Subjects range from the natural sciences through architecture, mathematics, history, geography, art and culture to the environment and social policies. At E-Periodica you'll find freely accessible journals from the 18th century through to the present. Resources are being continually expanded and supplemented by current editions.
Examples of architecture and civil engineering journals: Tec21, Werk, Bauen & Wohnen, Hochparterre.

Euwid Holz und Möbel

The comprehensive source of information for the wood and furniture industry.
Accessible to BFH students and employees on the BFH network (WLAN bfh or VPN).


Almost all INFORMATIONSDIENST HOLZ publications are available here free of charge in PDF format, including the "holzbau handbuch" and "spezial" series. In total, more than 70 publications on design and construction, structural planning, building materials and building physics or on award-winning timber construction architecture.

Schreinerzeitung (only in German)

As a weekly trade journal, the Schreinerzeitung highlights all new developments in the industry. In addition, it provides its readers with key information for their daily work, such as details of suppliers and their products, important dates for carpenters and an extensive job market. In addition, the Schreinerzeitung supplies all apprentices 12 times a year with the special pages "Lehrziit".

A login is required. Details of the logins for students and staff of the departments AHB can be found on the BFH intranet.


Most complete access to news from Swiss newspapers, magazines and online media, e.g. Berner Zeitung (from 1998), Der Bund (from 1994), Tages-Anzeiger (from 1995).


Building inventory of the city of Bern, freely accessible district inventories of the municipal office for the preservation of historical monuments (Städtische Denkmalpflege) of Bern, published in full in PDF format (excludes the old town).


DigiBern is an online portal by the University Library of Bern containing graphical maps and digital texts about the history and culture of the city and canton of Bern:

DigiBern was launched in 2002.


An architectural Wiki containing basic knowledge

Terms of use

1. Scope

The following terms of use apply to the following libraries of the BFH Library:  

  • Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering Library Biel/Bienne
  • AHB/TI Library Burgdorf
  • Health Library
  • HAFL Library
  • Swiss Literature Institute Library
  • Social Work Library
  • Engineering and Information Technology Library Biel/Bienne
  • Business Library
  • HKB Media Library
  • HKB Music Library

The EHSM Sport media Library HSM, Magglingen has its own terms of use. 
All these libraries are part of the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) and accessible with search platform swisscovery, which is operated by SLSP.

2. User authorisation

The BFH Library provides information and literature for BFH students and employees. These are also available to other interested parties. Use of BFH libraries is free, although there are charges for specific services (see Fee table in FAQ about swisscovery).

3. Registration 

By registering, the user accepts the present terms of use.

Registration (free of charge) on the swisscovery research platform is required for borrowing media and using other services. Therefore, a SWITCH edu-ID account is necessary and may be created during the registration process if it does not already exist.

The users are responsible for ensuring that the personal details they provide are correct and up-to-date (see SLSP General Privacy Statement). They must update their personal details (such as address) themselves in their SWITCH edu-ID account. 

Employees of the BFH Library cannot make any changes to personal data.

The user can set the preferred address (home or work) in the swisscovery account and add or remove library cards: swisscovery – Library Card Management and Settings.

The library card is required for on-site borrowing. It is personal and therefor non-transferable. The library card may be purchased at any swisscovery library. BFH students and employees can use their BFHcard as a library card. Library cards issued by other swisscovery libraries are also recognised.

Further information: see User account section in FAQ about swisscovery.

4. Borrowing

Library items are generally available for borrowing. However, certain designated items can only be used on site. Special loan conditions may apply to individual media or media groups. A maximum of 100 items can be borrowed per user.

The standard loan period is 28 days for most media. Unless the borrowed item is requested elsewhere, it is automatically extended for a further loan period of 28 days (up to five times). The deadline is displayed in the swisscovery user account.

When the maximum loan period expires, the item must be returned. If the item has not been reserved, you can borrow it again from the lending desk.

Items should be returned prior to absences longer than the loan periods of the borrowed items (military service, holidays, study abroad etc.).

5. Courier service and postal delivery

Media can be ordered for collection at a charge from all BFH libraries participating in the SLSP Courier service. The terms of use of the supplying library apply. The University library pays the courier fees for BFH members, provided that the pick-up location is a BFH library. Requested media must picked-up within 6 library working days. Courier media that are not picket-up will be returned. The delivery fees must also be paid in the event of non-collection (see Borrowing + Courier section in FAQ about swisscovery).

For a fee, BFH libraries can send out items from their own inventories (see Costs section in FAQ about swisscovery).

6. Liability

Media should be handled with care, protected from damage and returned in an undamaged and complete condition. Notes and marks shall also be deemed to be damage. Any cost of repairs or replacement shall be assumed by the responsible party.

The user is fully liable for any damage or loss of borrowed documents. Existing damage or missing inserts (data carriers, cards, parts etc.) must be reported immediately, or at the latest upon the return of the material.

For damaged or lost media, the University library charges repair or replacement costs as well as handling fees (see Fee table in FAQ about swisscovery).

7. Costs

The user is responsible for adhering to loan periods. Reminders that are not received are not accepted as grounds for late returns. No correspondence will be entered into in this regard.

After the loan period has expired, an "Overdue items - Reminder" (free of charge) is sent from <>. Subsequent reminders are subject to a fee.

The third reminder also results in the blocking of the swisscovery user account. If the item is not returned it is entered as lost. The replacement costs and administrative fee are charged to the responsible party (see Fee Table in FAQ about swisscovery).

Overdue fees can be paid at the lending desk with TWINT if an invoice has not yet been issued.

8. Copyright issues and further use of media

Use of library media is governed by the Swiss copyright guidelines and is intended exclusively for personal use. Transfer to third parties and commercial use are prohibited.

Chamber music scores and scores for solo instrument with (piano) accompaniment may be given to third parties under the following conditions: The borrowing person is responsible for ensuring that all parts and possible supplements are returned on time, complete and in perfect condition (without annotations). If the music sheet or parts of it are returned too late or with annotations, the borrowing person is liable and will be charged the corresponding fees. Commercial use is also excluded.

Users are responsible for informing themselves about any copyright issues. The BFH declines all liability in the case of copyright infringement.

9. Using online resources and internet

For information about Conditions for access and use of online resources, see FAQ online resources.

Public workstations in the BFH libraries are primarily provided for information on online offerings and research for scientific, specialist, professional or educational purposes.

All users are required to observe legal provisions with regard to Internet use. With respect to liability, misuse and the consequences of misuse, we refer users to the Guidelines on the use of IT resources at BFH.

10. Conduct within the library

The conduct of users within the library areas must not impinge upon the rights of other persons, impact library operations or cause damage to equipment, facilities etc.

Users are obliged to comply with the instructions of library staff. Failure to do so can result in the user being asked to leave. Repeated or severe infringements of the terms of use can result in exclusion from library use.

[January 2022; updated Oktober 2022: cash payment of overdue fees no longer possible]


Individual advice – we’re here for you.

If you need help with your research, please tell us your reason for contacting us and state the topic of your work in progress.


For information about literature research, please take the Moodle course ‘Literary research BFH’

To access the Moodle courses, you need to be logged into the BFH network or accessing it via a VPN.

To log in (click ‘Login with Switch-aai’), you need to use your BFH code and password.

You do not need a registration key.