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Virtual Reading Room

Here you can find an introduction to the online Archive Catalogue of the Burgerbibliothek of Berne, the Library Catalogue and suggestions about other search tools.

Reading Room/Hallersaal

Reading Room/Hallersaal

A number of online catalogues are available to help you to search the holdings of the Burgerbibliothek of Berne and make historical connections. Here there are short descriptions and links. You can find detailed information about the archive material that can be searched on the Holdings page. Please note the different ways in which the catalogues work.

The Burgerbibliothek of Berne provides access to archives, graphics, photographs, paintings and manuscripts in its Online Archive Catalogue. Newly listed holdings are added to the catalogue at least twice a year. If you visit us, we will be pleased to help you search for sources and documents, if required. Some of the finding aids are also available in hard copy in the Reading Room. The printed books held by the Burgerbibliothek of Berne can be searched using the Swiss Libraries Catalogue (

If you are interested in a particular location in the city of Berne, then please use the direct link to the Historical Topographic Lexikon of the City of Bern.

You have access to WiFi throughout the archive and library building.