Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

Basic study literature and media on the humanities, social sciences and theology

Opening hours


The Basisbibliothek Unitobler is part of the Unitobler Libraries.

The BTO is open to the public; its services and collections are intended to meet students' and faculty's needs.

For general information about infrastructure, borrowing and returning, courier services, information and research assistance please visit the website of the Unitobler Libraries.


  • study spaces: 80 day study spaces and 24 long-term study spaces (conditions of use)
  • 70 lockers for registered customers
  • 6 group study rooms (seating 4-6 persons each), online reservation here.
  • 1 meeting pod (2 maximum of 2 persons)
  • 3 online catalog terminals
  • 1 self-checkout terminal
  • Uniprint devices for printing, scanning and photocopying
  • 1 book scanner (with OCR text recognition)
  • 3 Mac desktop stations with Office programmes and internet (access with student login)


  • Courses and guided tours for groups: the Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO offers introductory tutorials on library use and on catalog searching for groups. Specific tutorials and contact persons can be found in the registration forms for the department of history or for other departments respectively (early registration requested)
  • general information and research assistance
  • For subject-specific information, please consult the theology und humanities portal portal. There you will find further information on the programs offered by the subject departments


Interactive tour

​​​​​​​Interactive tour in German language of the Basisbibliothek Unitobler. Learn about our services and offers with the help of the free Actionbound app. The tour starts at the checkout desk in the BTO and takes around 30 minutes.


The Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO library offers literature from the humanities, social sciences, and theology in its open access shelves.

The range of media includes:

  • basic literature in all fields of the humanities
  • film adaptations of literary works, documentaries, video recordings of theater productions
  • select fiction, mostly in translation
  • daily newspapers and magazines

All items are listed in the swisscovery Universtät und PH Bern online catalog.

Information on the swisscovery catalog and registration