Digitised special collections

With its digitised special collections the Library Am Guisanplatz grants its customers on-line access to some of its special assets.

Eingang der Bibliothek am Guisanplatz BiG


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

Swiss soldiers posing with a train traveling to Warsaw, Junei 1919.  (From «Erinnerungen an den Weltkrieg und seine Folgen, 1914-1922»)

Swiss soldiers in Eastern Europe – escorting freight trains between 1919 and 1920

Would you like to know more about the Swiss freight trains that travelled to and from Eastern Europe in 1919 and 1920? We have scanned in our heaviest book for you to browse through online and experience the Swiss soldiers' travels to Warsaw and Bucharest.

Library Am Guisanplatz BiG Papiermühlestrasse 21a
CH-3003 Berne
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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.


The BiG, your modern Library am Guisanplatz

A short clip shows the BiG and its services.

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