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Library Am Guisanplatz - The main library of the Federal Administration and the Armed Forces

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG is responsible for providing the Federal Administration and Armed Forces with information. Its varied collections and wide range of services are also available to the public.


The picutre shows the cover page of Number 86 in the Library Am Guisanplatz publication series, Bommer, Severin, Eingeschleust, infiltriert, enttarnt: Die Deutsche Gegenspionage gegen die Alliierten in der Schweiz 1942-1945.

Communication27 June 2024

New publication in the BiG publication series

In Title No 86 of the publication series, Severin Bommer investigates the espionage activities of the Third Reich’s military intelligence services in Switzerland during the Second World War.

Exhibitions10 May 2024

BiG exhibition «Im Galopp: Pferde in der Schweizer Armee - Ausstellung und eine Intervention des Künstlers Henry Althaus»

For centuries, horses played a central role in armies, serving a means of transportation for riders, and more importantly for goods. Despite motorisation, around 300 horses are still in service with the Swiss Armed Forces today.The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG is holding an exhibition in four parts on the varied history and function of horses in the army. The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the National Equestrian Centre. The exhibition includes a lecture series on various topics and guided tours, which will take place at the BiG and the National Equestrian Centre.

  • 17 May 2024 - 28 November 2025
  • 08 to 16

Communication19 June 2024

BiG on LinkedIn

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG publishes practical information about newly licensed databases, upcoming events and other news about the BiG on LinkedIn. Become part of the BiG LinkedIn community and network!


13 October 2022

Special collections treasure trove

Interesting information on aspects of historical events and unique items from our collections: the Library Am Guisanplatz BiG regularly publishes articles on interesting topics from the special collections.

15 May 2024


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.

28 April 2022

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.