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 NEBIS 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 NEBIS and its electronic resources.
The collections and a reduced number of workspaces will once again be freely accessible to students and staff of the Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering - while maintaining the hygiene and distance regulations.
The NEBIS network resumes operations and courier service. Documents can be ordered again and returned.
More information on the Intranet.
Opening hours until the end of August 2020
Tuesday to Friday : 09:00 - 13:00
(Summer closure: from 20.07 to 09.08)
The building is still only accessible with the BFH-badge. External users should contact the library by phone 032 344 02 04 or by e-mail email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Monday, 23 December 2019 – Friday, 3 January 2020
Monday, 10 – Friday, 14 February 2020
Thursday, 9 April 2020
Thursday, 21 Mai 2020
Monday, 1 Juni 2020
Monday, 20 Juli – Sunday, 9 August
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
7 research stations
Wi-Fi access (bfh-open for external users)
Daily newspapers, weekly press for use inside the library
Using our resources
The libraries of the AHB are members of the NEBIS library network. NEBIS, the network of libraries and information sources in Switzerland, comprises around 140 libraries of universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions from all linguistic regions of Switzerland. The NEBIS catalogue lists around 10.5 million titles: books, series, journals and other media. Most documents can be ordered online.
Users must be registered with a NEBIS library to borrow any media.
To find dissertations 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 NEBIS Research
Info.verbund Deutschschweiz [Information Association of German-speaking Switzerland] Basel/Bern, University of Zurich, Lucerne, St Gallen, NEBIS/ZB Zurich
Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale
Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, Vaud
A catalogue of the holdings of all Swiss university libraries, the Swiss National Library, many cantonal libraries and other institutions.
Swiss National Library NB, contains everything published by Swiss authors or in and about Switzerland.
e-Norm (Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung SNV)
Citations for 2.1 million standards from the SIA, 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.
Licensed products of the Swiss universities of applied sciences:
Avery Index, ABI-Inform, Inspec, WISO-Net, LexisNexis – patents, journals, etc. The product catalogue is expanded continuously.
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.
EBSCO Business Source Premier
A database licensed by the BFH Department of Business.
Articles can be downloaded BFH-internally.
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
The database for academically sound, varied material research.
An excellent teaching tool in the fields of construction and architecture.
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.
A list of publications licensed within the consortium.
Full-text versions can be downloaded in PDF format.
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.
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.).
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
Borrowing and using media
The stock of our library is freely accessible. All media except reference holdings can be borrowed.
You require a library ID to borrow any media.
The NEBIS Research catalogue offers a free online registration form.
Select BFH-AHB-BI (Biel) as the main library.
Afterwards, please come to our counter and present your ID so that we can approve your account.
Members of BFH can use their BFH card as ID.
If you already have a NEBIS or IDS ID, you do not need to register again.
Loan periods vary depending on the type of medium and the specific NEBIS library.
The standard period is 4 weeks.
Some materials have shorter loan periods; some cannot be renewed.
You can see your return dates in your user account.
After the first four weeks, loans are automatically renewed twice.
Afterwards, you can manually renew your loan online up to three times.
Loans can only be renewed if the medium has not been reserved by another user.
You must return the medium after the maximum loan period has expired.
If nobody else has reserved the medium, you can borrow it again.
If you are going to be absent for an extended period of time (holidays, stay abroad, etc.), please return all borrowed media before you depart.
The loan period displayed in your online account or in the NEBIS Research catalogue is binding.
If a document is reserved while checked out, it will only be recalled after that period expires.
The same applies to renewed loan periods.
Any exceptions are at the discretion of the lending library.
Please contact the lending library directly.
The staff of the Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering Library cannot renew your loans on media from other libraries.
Fees and fines
The onus is on you to return your borrowed media on time.
Non-receipt of overdue notices (by post or email) does not constitute a valid reason for late returns.
1st overdue notice (after 10 days)
CHF 10 per medium
2nd overdue notice (after 20 days)
another CHF 10 per medium
3rd overdue notice (after 30 days)
another CHF 15 per medium
Overdue notices are sent in the post.
The user account will be locked.
If the medium is not returned after the third overdue notice, it will be marked as lost. You will be charged for the replacement and processing fee.
We will send you an invoice for the fines
Fines in case of damage
Full cost of all repairs
Fines in case of loss
Full cost of replacement and a processing fee of CHF 30
Collection and prosecution fees
|Postage fees (per borrowed medium)|
A4, per copy (black and white)
A4, per copy (colour)
A3, per copy (black and white)
A3, per copy (colour)
You can return borrowed media to the Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering Library or another member library of the NEBIS lending network.
Alternatively, you can return them in the post. Please package all posted materials carefully.
Are you leaving the BFH?
You can continue to use your NEBIS ID
or your BFH card in the library networks of German-speaking Switzerland.
Please update your personal data and your email address, as your BFH email address will be deleted.
Courier service of the NEBIS libraries
NEBIS offers a free courier service between its member libraries. (This does not include libraries that are part of the NEBIS Association but not the lending network.)
The conditions of use of the supplier library apply.
You will receive an email or SMS as soon as your order arrives.
For orders of media from the Zurich Central Library (ZB), please contact us.
Documents from the ETH library:
around 3 days
Documents from other member libraries:
around 7 days
Media that are already checked out or difficult to obtain can take considerably longer to deliver.
Ordering journal articles
You can use NEBIS Research to order journal articles.
Fees for this service vary.
Please consult the fees list of the respective library.
We welcome suggestions for new purchases.
Please make sure to check whether the required document is already contained in the NEBIS catalogue before you submit a purchase request.
To make a request, send us detailed information about the document (author, title, publisher, ISBN) and your user number.
We will look into every suggestion.
You will hear back from us within a week.
If we do purchase the document, it will be reserved for you automatically.
You will receive an email notification and the document will be waiting for you at the library counter.
The onus is on the ordering user to comply with all relevant copyright laws.
All provided documents are intended for personal use only. Commercial use is prohibited.
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.
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.