HAFL Library

As an academic library affiliated to the nationwide library system swisscovery, we acquire, catalogue and make available printed and electronic documents in the agricultural, forest and food sciences.

Opening hours


Holidays and special closing

26.05.2022–29.05.2022 (Ascension Day)

COVID certificate obligation

From Monday, 20 September 2021, the COVID certificate obligation will apply in the BFH libraries.
For more information, see:

The library

Fields of specialization

  • Agricultural sciences
  • Food sciences
  • Forest sciences


Our print holdings comprise around 16,000 monographs and 200 specialist journals in German, French and English. They are fully indexed on the search platform swisscovery.

BFH members and library visitors can also access 70 specialist databases, 12,000 scientific online journals, 17,000 other journals and newspapers and 100,000 e-books.

Loan + Literature retrieval

You can borrow documents from our library directly on site at the library counter during our opening hours. You can also reserve them in advance via swisscovery.

Further information on borrowing terms for BFH staff and students, and for external users, is available here.

  • You can find books and journal titles on the swisscovery retrieval platform.
  • Search for journal articles in bibliographic databases. Some of these search tools (e.g. CAB Abstracts, Web of Science) can be accessed only by BFH members and library visitors on site.

Moodle course on researching scientific literature

The BFH libraries have produced a Moodle course that provides a step-by-step introduction to the principles of literature research.

  • Why are library search tools better than Google?
  • How can suitable search terms be extracted from a research question?
  • What can you do if the research delivers too many or too few hits?

These and other questions are answered in the Moodle course Literature research at the BFH with videos, graphics and a quiz. The Moodle course can be used flexibly – as a self-study course or to accompany teaching events. It is available to all BFH students and staff and provides basic, subject-independent material for all disciplines. For subject-specific queries, users are referred to the relevant specialist library at the BFH. The course is currently available in German; French and English versions will follow shortly.


As a learning and information center, we offer assistance in searching for, acquiring and processing specialized information. We regularly offer courses for members of BFH.
We also teach scientific methods, information literacy, literature search and reference management on bachelor and on master level.

You can also contact us if you have any questions regarding the reference and information management tool Citavi at BFH: citavi.hafl@bfh.ch.

Members of BFH will find direct links to our search tools and online resources as well as abundant information about literature research and reference management on our Intranet site and on the learning platform Moodle.