Welcome to the Website of the Burgerbibliothek Bern



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 exhibitions.

  • For further details please consult the German or the French version of this website.



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