New publication in the BiG publication series

In No 82 of our publication series Elisabeth Bleuer examines the history and everyday lives of Italian soldiers interned in Switzerland during the Second World War, based on written sources from the Seeland.


Neues Bibliotheksnetzwerk für die BiG – Registrieren Sie sich neu!

This content is available in German, French and Italian. Please select DE, FR or IT at the top right-hand corner of this page.


Library am Guisanplatz: new website

The Library am Guisanplatz BiG has a new website. The clearer navigation structure and new layout invite you to discover BiG's topics and new services.


The BiG introduces itself


SLSP und swisscovery – Frequently asked questions on the change

SLSP und swisscovery – Frequently asked questions on the change

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG and the Alexandria library network are new to swisscovery. From now on, the holdings of 490 Swiss libraries can be searched on the Alexandria search portal. What does this mean for BiG users? We answer the most important questions.



The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG provides employees of the Federal Administration and the Armed Forces with access to numerous journals, newspapers, e-books and reference works . National licences, which are available to anyone resident in Switzerland, complete the library’s e-media service.

Library collection

Library collection

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG holds not only books, periodicals, newspapers and electronic resources; its catalogue also contains numerous regulations, atlases, maps, plans, official documents, photographs, postcards and autographs. The Alexandria search portal contains over a million registered titles and more than 1.3 milion copies, many of which are accessible to the public.

Library Am Guisanplatz BiG Papiermühlestrasse 21a
CH-3003 Berne
+41 58 464 50 99
+41 58 463 19 06


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

Search in Alexandria search portal: