- 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).
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: https://registration.slsp.ch/help/. Businesses and institutions should contact email@example.com 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.
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 eduid.ch/web/reset-password/.
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.
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.