Impressions of everyday life throughout various decades: Christine Rohr-Jörg, Jean-Jacques Joss, Ambassador Haeryong Kwon, Moon Ji Young and Daniel Kohler (f.l.t.r.).

High-ranking visitor from South Korea

The South Korean ambassador to Switzerland, Haeryong Kwon, recently paid the BiG a visit. He was interested in seeing the Korea collection, which contains several unique treasures.

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: 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.

Film BiG, Titelbild

The BiG, your modern Library am Guisanplatz

We will be delighted to answer your questions and assist you. A short clip shows the BiG and its services.

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