Dental Medicine

Opening hours

The services of the Dental Medicine Library are available to all interested persons.

Service on Demand

The library is always accessible to members of the institute (staff and students) during the opening hours of the building (access with badge). 

Would you like personal advice from the library staff? You can make an appointment at any time during office hours: 

Would you like access to the library as an external person? You can make an appointment at any time during office hours: 


  • Study places: 12 reading places, 4 carrels
  • Eight storage compartments reserved for members of zmk bern
  • Two computer workplaces, one search point
  • WLAN (network of the University of Bern)
  • Self-lending terminal
  • Multifunctional device (scanning in color, printing/copying in black and white)
  • Book scanner
  • Binding device (ring binders)


The conditions of borrowing and usage are based on the University Library Bern’s user regulations.

A user account is required for borrowing. Registration is free.

Restrictions on borrowing apply to study literature, dissertations and colour atlases (short loan of 3 days, no renewal). Journals can only be consulted on site.

The entire collection can be searched via the catalogue search Swisscovery. The documents cannot be ordered online.


Media are only returned by the library staff.

Borrowed media must be returned before the loan period expires. The user must ensure that items are returned on time even if they are absent.

Introductory sessions

Introductory sessions to the library, training courses and support in subject-specific research for members of the School of Dental Medicine are provided on request. The consultation hours for students are every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Copy delivery service

The Dental Medicine Library offers support with article researches. Orders of copies from collections not available on site can be placed with the document delivery service of the vonRoll Library BvR.

Further informations

The entire collection is in the swissbib Basel Bern catalog.

The selection of the library's collections is geared toward the needs of members of the institute and students at the University of Bern School of Dental Medicine (zmk bern). Our purchase priorities are decided by the Library Commission. Purchase requests can be submitted to library staff or to representatives of the Library Commission.

Library Commission

The Library Commission meets every three months to discuss new publications and current issues pertaining to the library's business. Each clinic of zmk bern is represented by a member. The clinic representatives are also consultants for the purchase of media in the specialist area of their clinic. In addition, one person from each study year is represented on the Library Commission in an advisory capacity.


The Dental Medicine Library offers a selection of around 5,000 books on various areas of dental medicine as well as a collection of doctoral theses of the University of Bern in dental medicine since 1925. The collections are categorized by subject group/shelfmark. Books on study literature, color atlases and doctoral theses are arranged separately.


The Dental Medicine Library has a large historic collection of journals and some current journal subscriptions that are largely available online.

Publications from the archive are made available on request. It is possible to scan individual articles on site. Publications stored externally can be requested as copies or viewed in the reading room of the vonRoll Library.


  • Shelves in the front area of the library: current volume
  • Shelves in the rear area of the library: last 20 volumes of frequently consulted publications.
  • Archive room: older volumes and publications less frequently consulted
  • vonRoll storage: older completed journals


Some medicine databases are subject to charge and must therefore be consulted within the network of the University of Bern. Members of the university can register externally via VPN connection.