Plan von Bern mit Befestigungsprojekt

The BiG's exhibition 'The Schauenburg collection – a uniquely valuable collection of maps'

The Schauenburg collection, which has been owned by the Swiss Confederation since 1881, is the focus of a new exhibition at the Library Am Guisanplatz.

A chef wearing a white shirt and matching apron, cutting a block of cheese into smaller pieces. (Source: EMC)

Feeding the body and the mind – a history of food in the Swiss Armed Forces

Despite Switzerland's reputation for being a cheese-loving country, dairy products were absent from Swiss soldiers' meals for much of its military history. Nevertheless, it was the Swiss Armed Forces that would help fondue to become a national dish.

Szene aus der ersten Schlacht von Neuenegg, , 5. März 1798

Vortragsreihe BiG: Stunde Null der modernen Schweiz

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Papiermühlestrasse 21a
CH-3003 Berne

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Alexandria Library Network

18 libraries and documentation services within and without the Federal Administration have merged to form the Alexandria Library Network.


eBooks on Demand (EOD)

The EOD service enables you to order complete electronic copies of copyright-free books from the BiG’s inventory.

Die BiG im Frühling


The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG is the main library of the federal administration and the Swiss Armed Forces.

Opening hours

Circulation Desk
Monday to Friday
08.30 - 11.00 / 14.00 - 16.30

Customer workstations
Monday to Friday
08.30 - 16.30 permanently open