This picture shows an excerpt from the letter handwritten by T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, to John Maxwell in London on 8 November 1918.

Current dossier: Arabic tribes in Syria

What is the ethnic makeup of Syria’s population? The Library am Guisanplatz has compiled documentation about the ethnic groups in this Middle-Eastern country.

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New search interface for the Alexandria library network

For the collections of the Library Am Guisanplatz and the Alexandria library network a new search interface is now available.

Gebäude der Bibliothek am Guisanplatz bei Nacht


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

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


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Library Am Guisanplatz BiG

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.


Rutishauser portrait collection

Discover the BiG’s Rutishauser portrait collection – a veritable treasure trove of snapshots that show Switzerland’s political scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

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