BFH-HAFL Library

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

Opening hours

The loan desk and the lending area of the HAFL library are open from 26 June 2020 from Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm. The information area (small public room on the right) is accessible around-the-clock with a HAFL BFHcard.

Holidays and special closing

  • 19.12.2020–03.01.2021

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 in the online catalogue of the NEBIS network.

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.

During our opening hours, you can borrow documents from our library directly at the library desk. Physical documents from other member libraries of the NEBIS lending network can be ordered to our library for free. All you need is a properly configured NEBIS user account.

  • Search for books and journals titles in the online library catalogue ‘NEBIS recherche’.
  • 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.


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:

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.