Welcome to the Website of the
The Burgerbibliothek Bern is a
cultural institute of the Burgergemeinde Berne, a Civic Community. The
Burgerbibliothek in its current state was established in 1951 when the
town and university library was transformed into a foundation.
Today the Burgerbibliothek is open to the public. In its scientific
archives numerous important and internationally renowned manuscripts,
records and photographic files are stocked and conserved.
Among the best known collections are those
of the medieval manuscripts, the Bongarsiana-Codices,
documents concerning Swiss and Bernese history as well as bequests of
important people such as Albrecht von Haller or Jeremias Gotthelf. The
Burgerbibliothek also acts in an archival capacity for the
Burgergemeinde (Civic Community), the guilds and the Burger’s societies.
As a scientific institute, the
Burgerbibliothek is of service to researchers and is also open to the
interested public. Its collection is accessible in a (beautiful)
reading room and conveyed through publications, guided tours and
- For further details please consult the German or the French version of this website.