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.

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                –

Next special opening hours

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Corona Info

  • The building is only accessible with BFH badge. If you are an external user, please contact the library by phone 032 344 02 04 or by e-mail bibliothek.ahb@bfh.ch to arrange an appointment.
  • The reading room is closed. The collections are freely accessible - while maintaining the hygiene and distance regulations.
  • Mailing via swisscovery:
    Rate reduced to CHF 5 per document instead of CHF 12 until further notice.

News

New swisscovery library system swisscovery

Here you find the link to the new system: swisscovery.bfh.ch

As a library user, from 7 December 2020, you will have access to virtually all of the academic media holdings in Switzerland via a single search platform known as swisscovery. swisscovery is set to replace current library networks and search portals, including NEBIS and IDS/swissbib Basel Bern.

In order to continue using your library, you must register again. You can find all information on bfh.ch/slsp-en

 

Christmas/New Year

Monday, 21 December 2020 – Sunday, 3 January 2021
closed

Lecture-free period

Monday, 15 – Friday, 19 February 2021
09:30 am – 13:00 pm
closed on afternoon

Easter Week

Thursday, 1 April 2021
09:30 am – 13:00 pm
Freitag, 2 – Monday, 5 April 2021
closed

Ascension

Thursday, 13 Mai – Friday, 14 Mai 2021
closed

Whit Monday

Monday, 24 Mai 2021
closed

Summer closure

Monday, 19 Juli – Sunday, 6 August 2021
closed

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 bibliographical and full-text databases and online journals licensed by the consortium coordination office of the University.

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

New swisscovery library system swisscovery

Here you find the link to the new system: swisscovery.bfh.ch

As a library user, from 7 December 2020, you will have access to virtually all of the academic media holdings in Switzerland via a single search platform known as swisscovery. swisscovery is set to replace current library networks and search portals, including NEBIS and IDS/swissbib Basel Bern.

In order to continue using your library, you must register again. You can find all information on bfh.ch/slsp-en

  • Can I still see my loans from the NEBIS network and, if so, where?

You will be able to see your loans at https://recherche.nebis.ch/ until March 2021. Make sure to use your nebis login information.

  • Why can I no longer renew the loans in my current library account?

For technical reasons, it is no longer possible to renew these loans. Please return your active loans by December 2, 2020. You can then borrow the items again in swisscovery if required.

To find thesis from the Wood Division of Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) in Biel and the Higher Technical School of Wood Biel, proceed as follows:

  • Select the Advanced Search mode of BFH swisscovery.
  • Fill in the search mask according to the template below.
  • To find thesis in the library from the catalogue record, take note of the study programme, the year of publication and the name of the author.

RERO

Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale
Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, Vaud

Helveticat

Swiss National Library NB, contains everything published by Swiss authors or in and about Switzerland.

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.


Universities of applied sciences e-resources (swissuniversities)

The universities of applied sciences have jointly licensed specialist databases and other electronic resources for various subjects. You can access them from the BFH network or externally via a VPN (virtual private network).

 

Standards

e-Norm (Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung SNV)

Citations for 2.1 million standards from the SIA (only standards, neither Merkblatt/cahier technique, nor Dokumentation/documentation), SN (INB/SWISSMEM), ISO and Electrosuisse collections. Full-text access to tens of thousands of standards.
Access from within the BFH network or via a VPN.
An additional login is required.

 

Arbor

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

 

EBSCO Business Source Premier

A database licensed by the BFH Department of Business.

Articles can be downloaded BFH-internally.

 

HowiLit

A database licensed by the BFH Department of Business.

Articles can be downloaded BFH-internally.

 

Information services: wood

Another database for the same subject area

 

Materialatlas

The database for academically sound, varied material research.

An excellent teaching tool in the fields of construction and architecture.

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.

 

Bauwelt Fundamente

Online access to the ‘Bauwelt Fundamente’ series, the only collection of German-language texts and sources about the theory and history of architecture and urbanism.

It comprises over 130 issues from a period of more than five decades.

Consortium

A list of publications licensed within the consortium.

Full-text versions can be downloaded in PDF format.

EZB

The EZB (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek) contains login data for all eJournals that can be accessed from the BFH campus.

Members of Bern University of Applied Sciences are free to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the databases externally.

E-Periodica

ETH platform for Swiss specialist journals.

Offers free access to full articles (e.g. architecture and civil engineering journals:

Tec21, Werk, Bauen & Wohnen, Hochparterre, etc.).

Bauinventar

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

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.

Archinform

An architectural Wiki containing basic knowledge

Contact

Individual advice – we’re here for you.

Are you looking for information about a specific topic?

Do you need help with your research?

Would you like to find out about the (online) resources available in your subject area?

We are happy to help.

Please get in touch and make an appointment for a 30-minute consultation.

You do not need an appointment for an introduction to the NEBIS catalogue search or the library itself.

Just drop by and report to the front desk.

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

Links

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.