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


  • The 3G rule and the obligation to wear a mask apply. For more information, see
  • Mailing via swisscovery:
    Rate reduced to CHF 5 per document instead of CHF 12 until further notice.

next special opening hours


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                –



Christmas/New Year

Friday, 24 December 2021 – Sunday, 9 January 2022

Lecture-free period

Monday, 14 – Friday, 18 February 2022
09:30 am – 13:00 pm
closed on afternoon

Easter Week

Thursday, 14 April 2022
09:30 am – 13:00 pm : open
closed on afternoon

Friday, 15 – Monday, 18 April 2022


Thursday, 26 Mai – Friday, 27 Mai 2022

Whit Monday

Monday, 6 June 2022

Summer closure

Monday, 18 Juli – Sunday, 7 August 2022

swisscovery search portal

This ist the link to the search portal:

swisscovery is operated by the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP). All BFH libraries (except the library of the Abegg Foundation) are members.

To continue using your library, you must register again. You can find all information on

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

swisscovery search portal

This ist the link to the search portal:

swisscovery is operated by the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP). All BFH libraries (except the library of the Abegg Foundation) are members.

To continue using your library, you must register again. You can find all information on

  • Only works with a rating of 4 or more are kept 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.
  • Works from before 2006 should be requested from the librarians.

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. In the medium term, such a resource should be available.

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.
Information on logins for students and employees of the AHB and IT departments can be found on the BFH Intranet.
If the databank locks up, please wait 5–10 minutes and it will automatically unlock.

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.


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.


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


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.