The BFH Library is integrated into all departments and divisions of the BFH. What makes it strong is the specialisation of its sub-libraries. A wide range of academic documents of all kinds is on offer: from books, sheet music and DVDs to e-books, magazines and databases, etc.
Research platform swisscovery
The BFH Library participates in the Swiss Library Service Platform SLSP. Its research platform, swisscovery, provides access to most the entire academic library holdings in Switzerland. The library of the Abegg Foundation is not a member of the SLSP.
Literature research support
Search platform swisscovery short course
swisscovery is the national search platform of academic libraries in Switzerland.
In our short course you will learn how to use swisscovery efficiently, how to borrow books and how to download e-books.
- Wednesday, 31 May, 12 noon (German)
- Thursday, 8 June, 12 noon (English)
- Monday, 30 October, 5 pm (French)
- Wednesday, 25 October, 5 pm (German)
- Tuesday, 21 November, 12 noon (German)
- Friday, 15 December, 12 noon (French)
- Wednesday, 20 December, 12 noon (German)
- Thursday, 18 January, 12 noon (German)
- Monday, 19 February, 5 pm (German)
- Tuesday 20 February, 12 noon (French)
- Wednesday, 20 March, 12 noon (German)
- Tuesday, 23 April, 5 pm (German)
- Friday, 17 May, 12 noon (German)
- Monday, 20 May, 5 pm (French)
- Wednesday, 19 June, 12 noon (German)
Duration: 30 minutes
The short training sessions will take place via MS Teams. Registration is not necessary – one click and you are there!
Please also contact us if you would like to have a short course on a different date or in English.
Information about swisscovery can be found at bfh.ch/slsp
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Note on data protection
You can participate in the training, which takes place virtually via MS Teams, using the link above. Only your dial-in and registration data will be transmitted via MS Teams. Sound and image data will only be processed if you allow this in your settings (microphone, camera). The Bern University of Applied Sciences does not store any personal data that can be seen from the event; in particular, no recording is made. In addition, the BFH has chosen MS Teams, a program for which compliance with the standards required by data protection law is assured. The responsibility for the operation of the software lies with the provider. Details on the processing of personal data can be found in the provider's data protection information. By participating, you consent to the processing of your personal data.
Lean Library – find scientific literature faster
The browser extension Lean Library leads you directly to electronic full-text content offered by your BFH library
Download Lean Library
- Install browser extension
- Select the library: Berner Fachhochschule
- 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
- 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.
Moodle course on literature research
The Moodle course BFH Literature Search gives BFH students an introduction to researching scientific literature.
- Why Google is not enough
- From the research question to the search terms
- Scientific literature and its differences
- Tips for the search
Using literature management programmes, you can
- enter your literature references,
- organize them,
- import references from swisscovery and specialised catalogues,
- export references into text documents.
In the Moodle course Literature Management, BFH students and employees of the BFH will find instructions and training information about the following citation management programmes
No results match your request.
- 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
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).
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.
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
For a fee, BFH libraries can send out items from their own inventories (see Costs section in FAQ about swisscovery).
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).
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. 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.
[January 2022; updated Oktober 2022: cash payment of overdue fees no longer possible]