Business Library

The Business Library holds an extensive collection of current specialist literature in the field of business.

Opening hours

From Monday, 20 September 2021, the COVID certificate obligation will apply in the BFH libraries.

For more information see:

Opening hours

Monday: 9.00 am - 17.30 pm
Tuesday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Wednesday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Thursday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Friday: 9.00 am - 16.00 pm

Outside of opening hours, the library is accesible with the BFH card. 

The library will be closed during the following period:

Friday, 24th December 2021 - Friday, 7th Januar 2022 (winter break)

Reduced rate for mailings

The rate for sending orders by mail has been reduced from CHF 12 to CHF 5.


Returning media

  • Insert returns into the box next to the library entrance.
  • Accessible 24/7 with the BFH card.
  • Monday - Friday: 7 am–18.30 pm
    Saturday: 7 am–13.00 pm
  • by post
  • in a SLSP Courier library when ordered via SLSP Courier

The library

  • All our print books and journals and the majority of our electronic media (eBooks, eJournals, databases) are indexed in swisscovery.
  • All holdings can be ordered directly.
  • Our library is open to the public.

Further information

Borrowing + Research

All our print books and journals and the majority of our electronic media (eBooks, eJournals, databases) are indexed in swisscovery.


if you use the filter ‘Online’ in the left-hand column, the system will only display titles that are available online.

The following categories link all search options

We recommend that you sign in in swisscovery and remain in the BFH network or use a VPN for your research so that you always have access to our resources.

Access information

Most publishing houses currently use an IP verification system to regulate access to their fee-based online services. This means that you can access most of them via the ‘’ domain without a special user ID or password.

You will need to install Adobe Reader to access many journal articles in full.

Access from outside the BFH network

Access to databases, eJournals and books is only possible from the campus of Bern University of Applied Sciences.

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

Password-protected resources

You need a password to access some databases and eJournals.

Members of the Department of Business can find the login data in the BFH Moodle 10 – Library

Conditions for accessing and using online resources

Please comply with the terms and conditions of the publishing houses/providers.

In general, the following rules apply:

  • Only members of Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) may access the full-text versions.
  • In certain cases, access is restricted to individual departments of BFH.
  • Systematic downloading of articles or search results is prohibited.
  • Full-text articles may only be printed or saved for personal use.
  • Users are prohibited from sharing articles (printed as well as electronic) with third parties.
  • Do not remove, edit or override the content and layout of the articles in any way.
  • For example:
  • Identifying features such as the name of author and publisher, copyright notes, logos and brands.

If the publishing houses/providers detect a violation of their conditions of use, access to full-text articles may be revoked.

FAQ – BFH online resources

Please also note the frequently asked questions.

Access to all reference and full-text databases licensed by BFH.

The recommended entry point for searching articles on a specific topic.

In the subject of business, the most popular databases are ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, Web of Science, Emerald and, for German-language sources, WISO.

You can find them in the specialist information for business and consulting services.

Please also see the Resource Type filter and the search tips. They include reference works, statistics, standards, media and company information, dissertations and images.

Specialist information on business information technology, database information system (DBIS) filtered for ‘business information technology’

Other databases licensed by BFH:

Full-text access to SN(INB/SWISSMEM), ISO and Electrosuisse standards.

The database contains high-quality abstracts of the latest business literature in fields such as management, strategy, sales, marketing, innovation, economics and politics.

The film archive of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in NEBIS until March 2021.
You can combine the code e65o4 with other search terms. To watch this film, navigate to ‘Online Access’ and select ‘Online access via nanoo’. Use your edu-ID account to log in.

Members of the Department of Business can use their BFH email address to register on campus and gain free access (login in the top right corner: ‘Noch nicht registriert?’

– left column:‘Registrierung Universitätsangehörige’).

The legal database Swisslex contains all rulings by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, the federal courts and most of the cantonal courts of last resort alongside legal commentary, monographs and specialist journals.

Members of the Department of Business can use their BFH email address to register and gain free access.

To register, click ‘My Weblaw’ in the top right corner (‘Neukunde’ – ‘Ich studiere oder arbeite an einer öffentlichen Hochschule/Uni’ = Berner Fachhochschule).

Weblaw also includes access to Jusletter, a legal journal, and a comprehensive legal bibliography.

EZB offers instant access to full-text academic journals in any discipline.

It includes all eJournals licensed by BFH.

Yellow/red traffic lights indicate that BFH has only licensed a part of the published volumes as full-text versions.

Please note:

EZB does not support searches for individual journal articles.

Search a specific database or in swisscovery instead, filtering ‘Articles’.

You will receive more results if you enter your search terms in English.

All print journals can be consulted on site in the Business Library.

All except the latest issue are available for loan.

Swisscovery lists all available print journals and some eJournals.


Enter key words from the title, then apply the filter ‘Journals’ and, if relevant, ‘Online’.

Open access

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open-access, peer-reviewed journals.

The institutional repository of BFH

You can directly check the platforms of the various providers to see whether you can access them through a BFH license.

Most of our eBooks can be accessed through swisscovery when signed in, however.

After entering your search term in the left-hand column, choose the filter ‘Online’ to find them.

Please note the swisscovery Help.

Specialisms: business, psychology, social sciences, humanities, social work

Specialisms: business, engineering and information technology

Specialisms: information technology/Please note: access is restricted to five users at a time

Specialisms: economic sciences, business, social sciences, engineering, information technology, humanities and medicine.

The universities of applied sciences have jointly licensed eBook collections for various subjects.

Services + Offers


It contains all services of the library alongside further links, help pages, downloads and the conditions of use.

Do you have a question? Do you need help with anything?

We can help you…

  • use the library (induction sessions)
  • research specific topics
  • consult specialist databases
  • learn research strategies

Links A–Z


Conditions of use

Welcome to the libraries of Bern University of Applied Sciences. We aim to give you fast, smooth access to the information and media you desire. To ensure the optimal availability of our services, we rely on your cooperation. Please comply with the following conditions of use. Suggestions are always welcome.

General terms

1. Scope

The following terms of use apply for the following libraries at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

  • Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, Biel/Bienne (BFH-AHB/TI-BI)
  • Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering / Engineering and Information Technology (BFH-AHB/TI BU)
  • Business (BFH-W)
  • HAFL Library (BFH-HAFL)
  • Health (BFH-G)
  • HKB Music Library

  • Engineering and Information Technology, Biel/Bienne (BFH-TI-BI)
  • Social Work (BFH-S)
  • University of the Arts Multi-Media, Berne (BFH-HKB-ME)

These libraries are part of the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) and of the search platform swisscovery, which is operated by the SLSP.

2. User authorisation

Bern University of Applied Sciences libraries provide information and literature for BFH students and employees involved in research, teaching and study. They are also available to other interested parties. Use of BFH libraries is free, although there are charges for specific services (see fee table).

3. Registration

Registration is required to borrow media and use other services. Private users register with their SWITCH edu-ID account. If you do not yet have a SWITCH edu-ID account, you can create one during registration. You can find help with registration at: Businesses and institutions should contact directly.

By registering, you authorise the SLSP to import your personal details (name, address, telephone number, email address) from your SWITCH edu-ID account into the new swisscovery search portal. You can change your personal details at any time in your SWITCH edu-ID account or your institution/university profile. The changes will be transferred automatically to swisscovery. Library-specific details such as loans, orders and fees are recorded directly in swisscovery.

You can delete your user account at any time, provided there are no outstanding transactions showing (loans or fees). Simply delete your SWITCH edu-ID account or contact SLSP.

Transaction data is regularly anonymised and swisscovery deletes accounts that have been inactive for 10 years.

You will find more information about data protection on the SLSP website.

By registering, the user accepts the terms of use.

4. Library card and user account

A library card is required for borrowing items. It is personal and non-transferable. Valid official ID is required. Students and BFH employees can show their BFH card, which is classed as a library card.

If you lose your library card, you must announce it immediately to your BFH library. Users must update their personal details (such as address details) themselves in their SWITCH edu-ID account.

If you have forgotten your password you can request a new one at

5. Copyright issues and further use of media

Use of library media is governed by the Swiss copyright law and is intended exclusively for personal use. Transfer to third parties and commercial use are prohibited.

Users are responsible for being informed about any copyright issues. BFH declines all liability in the case of copyright infringement.

6. Internet use

Public workstations are primarily provided for information on online offerings provided by BFH libraries and research for scientific, specialist, professional or educational purposes. 

All users are required to observe legal provisions with regard to the Internet. With respect to liability, misuse and the consequences of misuse we refer users to the Guidelines on the use of IT resources at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

7. Liability

Media should be handled with care. Any cost of repairs or replacement shall be assumed by the responsible party (see fee table).

The last user is fully liable for any damage or loss of borrowed documents. Existing damage or missing inserts (data carriers, cards etc.) must be reported immediately, or at the latest upon the return of the material.

Use of media is at the user's own risk. BFH does not accept any liability.

8. Conduct within the library

The conduct of users within the library areas must not impinge upon the rights of other persons, impact library operations or cause damage to equipment, facilities etc.

Users are obliged to comply with the instructions of library staff. Failure to do so can result in the user being asked to leave. Repeated or severe infringements of the terms of use can result in exclusion from library use.

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9. Terms of borrowing

Library items are generally available for borrowing. However, certain items can only be used on site.

Items can be borrowed at the library lending desk, using the web self-checkout where available or ordered online through swisscovery and collected with your library card.

Items that are already borrowed can be reserved online.

Ordered or reserved items can be collected from the lending desk within seven library opening days of the date from which it was made available.

Borrowed items must be handled with care, protected from damage and returned in sound and complete condition. Notes or markings of any kind are classed as damage (see section on liability).

10. Sending media and copies

Through SLSP Courier, items can be ordered with costs from other participating libraries for collection in a BFH library. The terms of use of the supplying library apply. For students and staff of the BFH, the BFH libraries will pay the fees for teh SLSP Courier, provided thatthe ickup loacation is a BFH library.

For a fee, BFH libaries can send out items from their own inventories.

Chargeable services such as sending copies and inter-library loans are not offered by all BFH libraries.

11. Loan periods and renewals

The standard loan period is 28 days for books, 14 days for non-books (e.g. DVDs) and for journals. The loan period is shown in the swisscovery user account.

Unless the borrowed item is requested elsewhere, renewal is automatic at the end of the initial loan period for a further loan period. Limited to five extensions.

When the maximum loan period expires, the item must be returned. If the item has not been reserved, you can borrow it again from the lending desk.

Items can be reserved by other users at any time; they will be recalled upon expiry of the current loan period.

Items should be returned prior to absences longer than the loan periods of the borrowed items (military service, holidays, study abroad etc.).

12. Reminders

The user is responsible for adhering to loan periods. Reminders that are not received are not accepted as grounds for late returns. No correspondence will be entered into in this regard.

As soon as the loan period or return deadline has been exceeded, fees are charged (see fee table).

The third reminder also results in the blocking of the user account. If the item is not returned it is entered as lost. The replacement costs and administrative fee are charged to the responsible party (see fee table).

Reminder fees can be paid by invoice. If an invoice has not been issued, the fee can be paid at the lending desk in cash.
Libraries are not obliged to provide details of reminder fees and other fees for an extended period; data is not kept for longer than three months.

13. Returning items

Borrowed media must be returned to the supplying library or to the library where the item was collected.

Outside the respective library opening times, items can be deposited in the return box if such a system is available. Items may also be returned by post.

Borrowed items must be duly returned by the user. The return date is the date when borrowed items are to be booked back in the system.

The user is liable for any postal delays, damage or loss.

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Fee table

Notification or recall

no charge, after 1 day

1st reminder

CHF 5.- per item after 7 days

2nd reminder

additional CHF 5.- per item after 14 days

3rd reminder

additional CHF 10.- per item after 21 days

Compensation for damage

repair costs as incurred

Compensation for loss

cost of replacement plus CHF 30.- administration fee

Debt recovery and enforcement fees

as necessary


CHF 12.- per item

SLSP Courier

CHF 6.- per item
(no charge for BFH members if pickup location is a BFH library)

Copies (if available)

PDF per email (Switzerland):  CHF 5.- per 20 pages
Paper copies (Switzerland): CHF 7.- per 20 pages

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