Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering / Engineering and Computer Science Library Burgdorf

The Burgdorf Library is part of the BFH library and a member of the Swiss Library Service Platform SLSP/swisscovery. It is open to the public.

Opening hours



No lending


  • on all national holidays
  • Easter: Thu 6.4.2023, from 1 p.m. to Mon 10.4.2023

Special opening hours

  • Easter Week: Tue 11.4.2023 to Fri 14.4.2023: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.



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.

Dates 2023:

  • Thursday, 26 January, 12 noon (German)
  • Monday, 30 January, 12 noon (French)
  • Tuesday, 21 February, 5 pm (German)
  • Thursday, 2 March, 5 pm (English)
  • Tuesday, 14 March, 5 pm (French)
  • Tuesday, 21 March, 12 noon (German)
  • Wednesday, 5 April, 12 noon (German)
  • Wednesday, 26 April, 12 noon (English)
  • Thursday, 4 May, 12 noon (French)
  • Thursday, 11 May, 5 pm (German)
  • Wednesday, 31 May, 12 noon (German)
  • Thursday, 8 June, 12 noon (English)

Duration: 30 minutes

The short training sessions will take place via MS Teams. Registration is not necessary – one click and you are there!

Information about swisscovery can be found at
If you have any questions, please contact

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.


Clarivate, Connecting the dots : Integrating preprints into the research ecosystem

For researchers focused on today's urgent global challenges, access to preprints can significantly speed up scientific progress. With the recent launch of the Preprint Citation Index on the Web of Science, now it's even easier for researchers to include preprints in their existing research workflows and link them to trusted sources.
Join us for a moderated panel discussion with preprint repository leaders on the growth of preprints, the evolution of repositories, and new connections forming throughout the research community. Learn how the Preprint Citation Index, a multidisciplinary collection of preprints from leading repositories, helps researchers stay current with the newest research while maintaining confidence in the resources they rely on.

Date: March 21st, 11:00 A.M. ET
Register for the webinar

IEEE Xplore : Search Strategies to Personalize and Accelerate Your Research Experience

Interested in learning more about the IEEE Xplore Digital Library? This free webinar is a great way to see new features, publications, trending content, and more. Get an in-depth look at the IEEE Xplore digital library and see helpful tools to improve research productivity and workflow.   
This overview will cover the IEEE Xplore content and interface including how to: 
•    Utilize successful search strategies for precise results
•    Discover trending content
•    Stay current by setting-up saved search alerts and ToC alerts
•    Leverage easy to use tools to find influential papers
•    Easily download equations and graphics from full-text HTML articles
•    Track research by specific authors or organizations using advanced search tools
•    See the latest value added features including 'My Research Projects' and 'My Favorite Journals'
•    Live Q&A: Presenters will answer questions live from attendees!

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 12:00 p.m. ET | 5:00 p.m. CET


SpringerMaterials is the largest curated materials science database in the world, covering 290,000+ materials and 3,000+ physical and chemical properties in a single platform, supporting research in materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering, and other related fields.
The database covers multiple material classes, property types, and applications. Features include enhanced data visualisation with display interactive crystal structures, data tables, and phase diagrams with export options for further analysis, plus search functions optimised for materials science, including elemental composition or chemical structure searching to quickly find material property data.
During our free webinar you will learn how to use the platform, its visualisation and search functions, as well as practical example searches. 

  • Monday 3 April 2023, 10:00-11:00 EST / 12:00-13:00 BRT / 16:00-17:00 CET, Presented by Antonio Montes
  • Monday 17 April 2023, 11:00-12:00 CET / 15:30-16:30 IST / 19:00-20:00 KST, Presented by Yara Chamata

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?

Get in touch and make an appointment for a 30-minute consultation: E-Mail
Have a look at our Moodle course as well (for students and employees of the BFH).

Borrowing + access to online resources

With us you will find literature on

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

The physical media are generally freely accessible and can be borrowed (prerequisite: library card). They can be searched via

The electronic media or online resources are accessible to students and employees of the BFH in the BFH network, i.e. in the WLAN bfh or via VPN. For other visitors, they are available at the research stations in the library.

  • 18 workspaces
  • Daily newspapers, weekly press for use inside the library

The collections of the BFH Library (books, periodicals, DVDs, etc.; except for the library of the Abegg Foundation) can be searched using

We welcome suggestions for new purchases. Send us as much information as possible (author, title, publisher, ISBN) and your user number via email.

IEEE Xplore

IEEE standards are international technical standards for electrical engineering, electronics, information and communication technology and computer science.


Successor solution to the e-Norm database. In addition to references, it contains the full texts of all ISO standards as well as current Swiss standards:

  • Electrosuisse
  • INB Interdisciplinary standards section (SNV)
  • SIA

The full texts can be saved and printed as PDF. They may not be passed on to third parties. Log in with your SWITCH edu-ID.


Standards of the Swiss association of road and transportation experts.

Students can register free of charge (Mitgliedschaft für Einzelpersonen > Beitrittsgesuch). This gives them access to the complete digital body of VSS standards and publications.

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.

Literature search support

The browser extension Lean Library leads you directly to electronic full-text content offered by your BFH library

Download Lean Library

  2. Install browser extension
  3. Select the library: Berner Fachhochschule
  4. 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

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • 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.

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
  • etc. 

Depending on the type of publication, you can choose the appropriate search tool:

  • You will find books and e-books using swisscovery. For e-books the section “Consult online” directs you to the full-text. The design of the button or link for downloading can vary greatly: “Full-text”, “PDF”, “Read”, etc.
  • You can find periodical articles using specialized subject databases.
    The periodicals themselves can be accessed via swisscovery if the database does not include the full-text (see the paragraph “Finding periodical articles”)
  • The library also provides search tools for norms, images, statistics, newspapers, etc.

Always look for the “search@BFH” button. It often leads directly to the text you are searching for.

Install LeanLibrary, a browser extension, to support your research.

Activate your BFH VPN, even when using Google or Google scholar, for ex., as this can in some cases lead directly to the full-text.

Searching in Subject Databases 

Journal articles can be found primarily in bibliographic subject databases. You will often find direct access to full-text PDFs here as well. Depending on the database, the design of the download buttons or links can vary greatly: «Full Text», «PDF», «Read», etc.
Sometimes the DOI or «digital object identifier» directs to the full-text.
Also pay attention to the «» button, as this can also direct to full-text.

Finding journal article full-text

In some bibliographic databases you will find neither full-text access nor PDFs, only citations for the articles you need. In this case, go to the swisscovery search platform.

Search in swisscovery using the title of the journal instead of the title of the article. Then use «Tweak your results», go to the heading «Resource Type» and choose «Journals».

If the electronic version of the journal is available, you will be directed to the journal full-text by clicking on the “Available Online” link and you can then find and download the article PDF. In some cases, you may need to enter a password again (“Passwords”).

If the journal is only available in print, you can copy or scan the article at the library where it is located.

If the BFH Library does not have the journal you need in its collections, broaden your search to include all of swisscovery, i.e. all member libraries (drop-down menu next to the search box). You can often order the journal issue for loan. 

Some swisscovery member libraries allow you to order copies or scans for a fee.

Members of BFH-TI and BFH-AHB can order article copies from our library. This applies to articles from journals that are not available online.
Please send us the details of the article you require (title, author(s), journal title, volume, number/issue, year, page reference via email.

Literature management

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 

  • Citavi
  • EndNote
  • Mendeley
  • Zotero


The Burgdorf Library is part of the BFH library.

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