Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering Library / Engineering and Information Technology Library Burgdorf

The Burgdorf Library is a specialised academic library. 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.

Library | Corona measures

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 4pm
No lending: 12.30pm-1.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

In accordance with the decision of the Bern Cantonal Government of 24.10.2020, the reading room of the library will remain closed. There are no workplaces available. Group work is not possible. Newspapers and magazines cannot be read on site.

The lending desk remains open and the library holdings are accessible.
Please note that masks are compulsory.
Please disinfect your hands with the disinfectant provided before entering the library.

Mailing via NEBIS

Rate reduced to CHF 5.– per document. Valid until 2 December 2020.


Transition to the new swisscovery library system

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


Monday, 13 July – Friday, 11 September
9 am-1pm

Christmas/New Year

Monday, 21 December 2020 – Sunday, 3 January 2021

The library

Collections focus

  • Architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering and information technology
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Art
  • Natural sciences, business and communications

Our stock is accessible for free. All media except reference holdings can be borrowed.

Facilities and services

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


Below you will find details of the services and conditions of use of our library.

The holdings of our library are freely accessible. All media except reference holdings can be borrowed.
You require a library ID to borrow any media. The NEBIS catalogue offers a free online registration form. Select BFH-AHB/TI-BU (Burgdorf) as the home library. Afterwards, please come to our counter and present your valid official 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

Loan periods vary depending on the type of document and the specific NEBIS library. The standard period is 4 weeks.
Some documents 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 document has not been reserved by another user. You must return the document after the maximum loan period has expired. If nobody else has reserved the document, 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 documents before your departure.
The loan period displayed in your online account or in the NEBIS catalogue is binding. If a document is reserved while on loan, 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 Engineering and Information Technology Library cannot renew your loans on documents from other libraries.

Fees and fines

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that loan periods are observed. Notifications not received (by post or e-mail) are not grounds for late returns.


Recall/ message: free
1st reminder: CHF 10.00 per document
2nd reminder: CHF 10.00 additional per document
3rd reminder: CHF 15.00 additional per document

Third reminders will be sent by post. The user account will be blocked. If the document is not returned after the third reminder, it will be marked as lost. You will be charged for the replacement and processing fee.
An invoice for the fines will be sent to you.

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 50.00.

Collection and prosecution fee

At cost

Postage fees

per borrowed document:

  • Domestic shipment: CHF 12.00
  • International shipment: CHF 44.00


A4 per copy (black and white)

CHF 0.10

A4 per copy (colour)

CHF 0.30

A3 per copy (black and white)

CHF 0.20

A3 per copy (colour)

CHF 0.60



The customer is responsible for compliance with the applicable provisions of the copyright act. The documents supplied are for personal use only and may not be used commercially in any form.

Returning documents

You can return borrowed documents to the Engineering and Information Technology Library or another member library of the NEBIS lending network. Alternatively, you can return them in the post. Please package all posted documents carefully. The return by post is at your own risk.

Are you leaving 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 in your user account, 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 network but not the lending network.)
The terms of use of the supplier library apply.
You will receive an email or SMS as soon as your order arrives.

For orders of documents from the Zurich Central Library (ZB), please contact us.

Delivery periods

Documents from the ETH library:     ~ 3 days
Documents from the BFH-TI-BI library in Biel:  courier service 2x a week: Tuesdays and Fridays
Documents from other member librarys:  ~7 days

Please note:
The time can be considerably longer for documents that have already been loaned out or are difficult to obtain, or during the semester break.

Ordering journals articles

You can use NEBIS catalogue to order journal articles.
Fees for this service vary. Please consult the fees list of the respective library.
Members of BFH-AHB and BFH-TI can order article copies from the Engineering and Information Technology library. This applies to articles from journals that are not available online.
Please send the details of the article you require (title, author(s), journal title, volume, number/issue, year, page reference to the following email address

Acquisition request

We welcome suggestions for new purchases.
Please make sure to check whether the required document is already available in the NEBIS catalogue before you submit a purchase request.
Then send us as much information as possible (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 be informed by e-mail about its arrival and the document will be waiting for you at the library.

Using our resources

NEBIS Research

The online catalogue of the NEBIS Association lists all holdings of the library.
Most media can be ordered online.
A library ID is required to borrow any media.
The catalogue also contains online resources.
Not all documents are freely available. Some are restricted to the network of the university that acquired them.
Members of Bern University of Applied Sciences can access media acquired by the BFH Library, i.e. those found when filtering for the ‘BFH’ tag.


The Swissbib catalogue lists the holdings of the libraries of all Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, the Swiss National Library and others.

The catalogue can tell you which libraries hold the found titles and how you can access them.


The catalogue of the Swiss National Library.

It contains everything published by in and about Switzerland.

Rero explore

Catalogue of the Western Swiss Library Association (RERO) of the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel and Valais.

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog KVK

A meta catalogue of citations for media held in the catalogues of libraries and bookshops worldwide.

Paid eBooks

You can only access the fee-based contents of eBooks and eJournals from the BFH network or externally via a VPN.

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.

Springer Link

Online access to the collections ‘Technik und Informatik’ (from 2011), ‘Engineering’ (from 2013), ‘Medizin’ (from 2010), ‘Sozialwissenschaften und Recht’ (from 2010), ‘Wirtschaftswissenschaften’ (from 2007), ‘Business and Economics’ (from 2011), ‘Energy’ (from 2016), ‘Naturwissenschaften’ (from 2017)

Hanser eLibrary

Online access to more than 1,400 titled published by Hanser Fachbuch Verlag. Subjects include engineering, information technology and business


A database containing abstracts of recent business literature in the fields of management, strategy, business, politics and innovation

O'Reilly for Higher Education

Online access to computer science, electrical engineering, economics - offer of latest publications, videos, interactive learning from over 250 publishers

WISO eBooks

eBooks on business, management and other topics

ProQuest eBook Central

A selection of eBooks purchased for BFH


Pschyrembel Online

A medical specialist dictionary containing English translations


FH e-Ressourcen – E-Books

Collections of eBooks jointly licensed or purchased for all universities of applied sciences

Springer Reference DE

A constantly updated collection of German-language reference works in psychology, humanities, social sciences, law, engineering, business and medicine

Reference works

Brockhaus, Duden, Encyclopedia Britannica, Le Grand Robert, etc.

Freely accessible eBooks

DOAB – Directory of Open Access Books

A search portal for peer-reviewed, open-access books from academic publishers

Transition to the new swisscovery library system

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

Fee-based journals

EZB Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek

You can use the EZB to find out which journals are licensed by the libraries of Bern University of Applied Sciences

FH e-Ressourcen – Zeitschriften

An alphabetic list of open-access journals and journals licensed by the Consortium.

Springer Link

Online journals (abstracts, full texts) from Springer

Science Direct/Elsevier

Online journals (abstracts, full texts) from Elsevier

WISO Fachzeitschriften

eJournals about information technology, business and other topics

Schweizer Zeitschriftenportal SZP

A directory of print and electronic journals held in Swiss libraries.

Does not support direct searches for journal articles/studies.

Freely accessible journals

DOAJ – Directory of open access journals

Access to full-text articles from peer-reviewed, open-access journals; covers all subjects and many languages


The Directory of Open Access Repositories is a public collection of publications from many university document servers


Free full-text access to digitised Swiss journals about science and culture (includes architecture and engineering)


A new, interdisciplinary full-text database of articles from open-access journals


A pre-print repository at Cornell University containing contributions in physics, mathematics, information technology, quantitative biology and statistics

The archives of the following publishing houses are available to the entire population of Switzerland:

  • Cambridge University Press (articles published between 1770 and 2015)
  • De Gruyter (articles published between 1826 and 2015)
  • Oxford University Press (articles published between 1895 and 2015)
  • Springer Nature (articles published between 1832 and 2012)

These archives contain all journals of the above publishing houses from the very first issue until 2015.

Content from 2016 will be available after an embargo of 2 (De Gruyter), 3 (Oxford University Press), 4 (Springer Nature) and 5 (Cambridge University Press) years, respectively.

The same rule will apply to later years.

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).

Universities of applies sciences e-resources by subject and type (Swissuniversities)

BFH-licensed databases

e-norm (Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung SNV)

Citations for 2.1 million standards, full-text access to tens of thousands of standards from the SN (INB/SWISSMEM), ISO and Electrosuisse collections.

Access from within the BFH network or via a VPN.

An additional login is required.

For information about logins for students and staff of the AHB and TI department, consult the Intranet.

If you enter the wrong password repeatedly, your database access will be locked.

It is automatically unlocked again after 5–10 minutes.

IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)

A database licensed by the BFH Department of Engineering and Information Technology.

The IEL offers full-text access to current literature (from the beginning to present day) in electronics, electrical engineering and computer sciences

Techniques de l’ingénieur:

Industrial Engineering

This database is the most important source of French-language information in the fields of engineering and science.

The university has licensed the ‘Industrial Engineering’ package, which includes content on logistics, conceptualisation and production, and industry management.

It also contains a multilingual specialist dictionary (French, English, German, Spanish).


Pharmacological and biomedical database

Freely accessible databases (architecture, civil engineering)


International architecture database with information about the buildings and plans of renowned architects

Building inventory

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


The online portal about the history and culture of the city and canton of Bern:

digitised books, journals, newspapers, databases and geographical maps


Information and graphics about various construction materials

Freely accessible databases (medicine)


Reference database for medicine and biomedicine with more than 28 million references. A free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM, USA).

Access to MEDLINE (since 1966, with MESH), OLDMEDLINE (1949–1965, without MESH) and PubMedCentral.

Cochrane Kompakt

Selected reviews in the fields of public health, midwifery, nursing sciences, physiotherapy, urology and current issues

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

A worldwide search engine for academic online documents. 60% of documents indexed in BASE are freely accessible in full (open access); the index comprises more than 100 million documents from over 5,000 sources.

Google Scholar

A special Google search engine for academic literature research.

It contains journal articles, papers, dissertations, theses, pre-prints and books from academic publishers, specialist publishers and universities either as full-text versions or references.

Google does not provide any information about the scope, selection criteria, currency and coverage of the materials.


A search engine that claims not to store any personal details nor search queries.

The book search provides access to abstracts of all students’ bachelor’s theses since 2012.
You can search the abstracts by key words or by divisions.
The archive contains abstracts of the works from 2006 to 2011.

With the browser extension "Lean Library" you can find the full text of the scientific literature available at the BFH. The following browsers are recommended: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera. For Internet Explorer "Lean Library" is only available in a limited version.


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.

Our team’s office hours

Eveline Schuler
Tuesday to Friday

Madlen Rupp
Monday to Wednesday

Christine Bolz
Monday and Tuesday


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 edu-ID’), you need to use your BFH code and password.

You do not need a registration key.