Business Library

The Business Library is part of the BFH library and a member of the Swiss Library Service Platform SLSP/swisscovery. It is open to the public. Workstations for individual learning make the library a central meeting place.

Opening hours

Served opening hours




Circulation desk not served

  • on all national holidays incl. bridge days
  • Mon 10.7.2023 until Fri 4.8.2023
  • Thr 7.9.2023 
  • Mon 25.12.2023 until Fri 5.1.2024


for members of the Business School with BFHcard 24/7


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:

  • Wednesday, 31 May, 12 noon (German)
  • Thursday, 8 June, 12 noon (English)
  • Monday, 30 October, 5 pm (French) 
  • Wednesday, 25 October, 5 pm (German)
  • Tuesday, 21 November, 12 noon (German)
  • Friday, 15 December, 12 noon (French) 
  • Wednesday, 20 December, 12 noon (German)

Dates 2024:

  • Thursday, 18 January, 12 noon (German)
  • Monday, 19 February, 5 pm (German)
  • Tuesday 20 February, 12 noon (French)
  • Wednesday, 20 March, 12 noon (German)
  • Tuesday, 23 April, 5 pm (German)
  • Friday, 17 May, 12 noon (German)
  • Monday, 20 May, 5 pm (French) 
  • Wednesday, 19 June, 12 noon (German)

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Please also contact us if you would like to have a short course on a different date or in English.

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.

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

Contact us:

Borrowing + access to online resources

With us you will find specialist business studies literature and literature from related subject areas.

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

There is a return box next to the library entrance. It is accessible during the opening hours of the building, with the BFHcard 24/7.

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.

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

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. Alternatively, use the service "Orders for Copies" of the University Library of Bern.

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 Business Library is part of the BFH library.