HKB Media Library

The Media Library is a centre of learning and exchange for HKB students, lecturers and staff. It is also open to the public in order to inform and inspire interested specialists and laypeople alike.The holdings of the HKB Media Library are indexed in the NEBIS catalogue. The vast majority can be borrowed.

Opening hours

Mon–Fri
9 am–5 pm

Special opening hours

Closures in 2019

Field trip FHNW: 29.11.2019
Christmas: 23.12.2019 – 5.1.2020

Contact

Bern University of the Arts
Media Library
Fellerstrasse 11
CH-3027 Bern

T +41 31 848 38 31

E mediothek@hkb.bfh.ch

The Media Library

The HKB Media Library combines the holdings of four divisions: Design and Fine Arts, Conservation and Restoration, Research and the Y Institute.

Specialisations

Art and art education

  • Artists’ monographs and exhibition catalogues
  • Theory and philosophy of art
  • Art history, art epochs, art movements
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Graffiti
  • Comics
  • Performing arts
  • Media art

Architecture

  • Architects’ monographs
  • History of architecture
  • Architectural theory
  • Urban development
  • Landscape and garden architecture
  • Interior design

Design

  • Designers’ monographs
  • History of design
  • Design theory
  • Industrial design
  • Graphic design, visual communication and commercial art

Handicrafts and decorative art

  • Woodworking
  • Textile design and fashion
  • Paper design

Graphic art

  • History of graphic art
  • Print methods
  • Graphic printing

Photography, film, animation

  • Photographs’ monographs
  • History and theory of photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Architectural photography
  • Artistic photography
  • Cinematography
  • History of film
  • Film technology
  • Film criticism
  • Film theory
  • Animation

Other

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Theatre
  • Film library (feature films, documentaries, animated films)
  • Physics, chemistry and biology
  • Paints, binding agents, solvents, varnish
  • Painting and sculpture
  • Graphics and written material
  • Photography, film and video
  • Architecture, interior design and furniture
  • Modern materials and media
  • Art history
  • Art epochs and movements
  • Iconography
  • Sources

Holdings

The collection of the HKB Media Library contains around 40,000 media: 4,000 films, more than 200 journals, more than 30,000 exhibition catalogues, illustrated books, monographs, reference works, almanacs and teaching materials on the subject areas of the library. The HKB Media Library is open to the public. Users must be registered to borrow media from the library. The registration can be completed for free on site.

Special holdings

Rarities

The HKB Media Library owns around 100 valuable, rare publications.

Their classmark is RARA. They are not available for loan. Rarities can only be used for reference on site or borrowed for short-term use in internal classes.

You can use the NEBIS catalogue to search our rarities.

Theses and dissertations (diploma, bachelor, master)

The Media Library collects the diploma theses of HKB students.


Projects in the field of Conservation and Restoration are integrated into the holdings of the HKB Media Library. The NEBIS catalogue lists them under their title and author’s name.


Projects completed in the Division of Design and Fine Arts are collected in the Media Library. They can only be viewed on site.

Research

The HKB Media Library is open to the public. All individuals with a valid IDS library ID can borrow media. You can get a free library ID at the Media Library. Alternatively, your BFH card can be activated as a library ID. We generally recommend being logged into the university network or using a VPN to search for media, as you will be unable to access licensed media otherwise.

Literature and media search

NEBIS

The HKB Media Library is part of IDS, the Information Association of German-speaking Switzerland, and NEBIS, the Network of Libraries and Information Centers in Switzerland, which comprises around 140 libraries of universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions as well as special libraries from all linguistic regions of Switzerland.
The NEBIS catalogue lists more than 10.5 million titles (books, series, journals and other media) including all media held by the HKB Media Library. Most documents can be ordered online.

NEBIS

The HKB Media Library is part of IDS, the Information Association of German-speaking Switzerland, and NEBIS, the Network of Libraries and Information Centres in Switzerland, which comprises around 140 libraries of universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions as well as special libraries from all linguistic regions of Switzerland.
The NEBIS catalogue lists more than 10.5 million titles (books, series, journals and other media) including all media held by the HKB Media Library. Most documents can be ordered online.

swissbib Basel Bern

swissbib Basel Bern is the union catalogue of the Swiss National Library, university libraries and universities of applied sciences libraries in Basel and Bern.

swissbib

swissbib is a catalogue of the holdings of all Swiss university libraries, the Swiss National Library, many cantonal libraries and other institutions. It offers easy, instant and comprehensive access to academic publications in Switzerland.

swissuniversities

Access links to electronic sources of information, including specialist databases, journals and books, for students and staff of the Swiss universities of applied sciences. The universities of applied sciences maintain joint subscriptions to these sources. Free access from the university network. The platform also lists a number of important sources of information that are accessible for free.

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)

The EZB (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek) is dedicated to facilitating the efficient use of academic journals online. It offers instant, structured, uniform access to full-text academic journals. Members of Bern University of Applied Sciences can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the databases externally.

e-periodica

e-periodica is the ETH library’s platform for digitised Swiss journals. Its oldest holdings date back to the early eighteenth century. The stock is constantly updated to include the latest issues. All journals held by the platform are accessible for free. Depending on the agreement with the respective publisher, there may be an embargo on recent issues.

JSTOR

JSTOR is a non-profit organisation based in New York. It operates a fee-based online archive containing older issues of select specialist journals.
Any publications (papers, journals, books and primary sources) that have been licensed can be viewed, printed and downloaded externally via a VPN (virtual private network).

Schweizerisches Zeitschriftenportal (SZP)

The SZP (Schweizerisches Zeitschriftenportal) is a service offered by the Swiss National Library and the regional associations and libraries. The portal supports meta searches for journal articles in Switzerland’s main library catalogues.

Prometheus

Prometheus is a digital image archive that combines 94 institutional, museum and research databases in a single interface. Members of HKB can access more than 1.7 million high-quality, digitised images in the arts, culture and history on campus or via a VPN.

Artstor

Artstor is a non-profit organisation that builds and distributes the Digital Library, an online resource containing more than 1.9 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities and social sciences.

e-norm (Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung SNV)

Approximately 37,000 standards from the SN (INB/SWISSMEM), ISO and Electrosuisse collections.
To access the database, please contact the HKB Media Library, mediothek@hkb.bfh.ch.

Lost Art Internet Database Deutschland

‘Lost Art’ is the official German database for the documentation of cultural objects seized during the Nazi dictatorship. It contains cultural objects that were displaced or confiscated as a result of organised looting efforts by the Nazis, especially from Jewish owners.

Anlaufstelle Raubkunst, Federal Office of Culture

A governmental online portal about artworks plundered by the NS regime. Contains general information as well as information about provenance research.

NANOO.TV

The ever-growing nanoo film archive by MIZ currently contains 16,000 recordings of television broadcasts related to the teaching and research areas of Zurich University of the Arts: fine and medial arts, design, film, dance and theatre. Its feature, experimental, music, animated films and documentaries are available for streaming online and indexed in the NEBIS catalogue. All members of a higher education institution in Switzerland can access its content through the SWITCHAAI login.

Borrowing

Loan periods

The standard loan periods are 28 days for books, 14 days for other media (e.g. DVDs) and 3 days for circulating journals.

Unless the borrowed media are requested by another user, the initial loan period is automatically renewed twice.

Library account

In your library account, you can view your loans and reservations, manually renew your loans and update your address details.
You need your ID number and password to log into your library account.
Please check your loan status regularly in your user account. Reminders are sent as an additional service. We do not accept any liability for non-receipt (e.g. due to spam filters). Please see the NEBIS FAQ for details.

Fees

Library fees 2019
Loans from the NEBIS Association
Free
User ID

Free

Courier service between members of the NEBIS Association (e.g. ZHdK, HGK, ETH)

Free
Postage
Postal delivery (domestic shipment)
CHF 12 (per document)
Postal delivery (international shipment)

CHF 44 (per document)

Photocopying fees

Students

PDF by email: up to 20 pages

CHF 7, plus CHF 0.20 for each additional page

PDF by email: up to 20 pages

CHF 10, plus CHF 0.20 for each additional page

Non-members

PDF by email: up to 20 pages

CHF 12, plus CHF 0.50 for each additional page

PDF by email: up to 20 pages

CHF 15, plus CHF 0.50 for each additional page

Overdue fees

Reminder/recall

free

1st overdue notice (after 10 working days)

CHF 10 (per document)

2nd overdue notice (after another 10 working days)

another CHF 10 (per document)

3rd overdue notice (after another 10 working days – your account will be blocked)

another CHF 15 (per document)

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