Lerchenweg Library

Islamic Studies • Science of Religion • Social Anthropology

Opening hours


The Lerchenweg Library is part of the Unitobler Libraries

Lerchenweg Library is open to the public; however, its services and collections are aimed at the needs of researchers, lecturers and students of the University of Bern.

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


  • study places: 18 work spaces and 22 work spaces reserved for master students
  • 38 lockers for registered customers
  • 1 online catalog terminal
  • 1 self-lending terminal
  • Uniprint device

Research consultation

  • Science of Religion: Denis Maier, subject librarian
  • Islamic Studies and Social Anthropology: Ronja Ulrich, subject librarian

Collections in the fields of:

Social Anthropology:

  • anthropology of transnationalism, of the state, of work, of Islamic societies, of kinship
  • anthropology of transnationalism and the state, anthropology of kinship, gender research, economic anthropology, comparative anthropology of communities characterized by Islam, visual anthropology, legal and media anthropology

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies:

  • history and culture of the Near and Middle East
  • linguistics of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Central Asian Turkic languages
  • literature of the Near and Middle East (in original language)

Science of Religion:

  • literature on all religions (source texts) as well as on related branches of science: theory of religion, religion and society, aesthetics, sociology, ethnology, philology, methodology, regional studies, history, etc.
  • large collections on Hinduism and Buddhism
  • large non-circulating collection of reference works and journals



Subject librarians