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Inter-library loan (external lending)

If our library does not have a publication you seek, it will, at your request, be searched for in libraries in Switzerland and abroad, ordered and lent to you.

If you find the desired publication in our inventory, please contact our User Services for lending.

Rules for users

You benefit from our inter-library loan services as registered user of the Library Am Guisanplatz.


Your order will be completed all the faster, the more complete and precise the bibliographic information on the sought document is. You can present this order information at our circulation desk or send it to our inter-library loan service by mail.

Maximum lending period

The maximum lending period depends on the conditions of the lending library. The period is usually one month and can be extended. Delivered documents that cannot be lent out can be consulted in the reading room.
For extensions of the maximum lending period please contact the inter-library loan service prior to the return deadline. 

Delivery date, extension option

From Swiss libraries: usually 3-10 working days for books and print copies and 2-3 working days for electronic copies (pdf)

From libraries abroad:  variable, depending on country and respective library (up to several weeks)


Lent documents can be handed back at our circulation desk or returned to us carefully packed by post.

Library Am Guisanplatz User Services
Papiermühlestrasse 21 A
CH-3003 Bern
+41 58 464 50 99