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Group room reservations now online

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Reservations for the group rooms on the 1st floor of the Medical Library can now be made online.


Quick guide for making a reservation:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Select location "Bibliothek Medizin"
  3. Log in with your SLSP-account
  4. Click on the calendar
  5. Fill in and save form

Details of booked slots can be accessed by clicking on the slot in the calendar.

Note: Reservations can be made a maximum of 14 days in advance.

Study Places

  • Study places.
  • 44 carrels for free use (ground floor)
  • 250 daily study places (ground floor)
  • 5 group bunks with up to 4 persons (first floor)
  • 8 group rooms with 10 to 12 places and two group rooms with 16 to 20 places. Reservations can be made via the online group room reservation.
  • WIFI is available throughout the library for persons with Uni accounts. With VPN access you can also use this authorization to consult e-media from home


  • Digital dissecting table Anatomage Table for free use
  • Rental of 36 lockers per six months CHF 20
  • 72 day-lockers with a deposit of CHF 2
  • Uniprint photocopier, scanner, printer in black and white or color (between CHF 0.02 and 1.40)
  • Comb-binding machine
  • Validation station for Unicards
  • Coffee machine on first floor of Cellular Biology Centre
  • Other refreshment facilities
  • Reading corner with daily newspapers (Bund, BZ, NZZ)

Borrowing and Information

  • 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. 
  • You can order most media via the Swisscovery catalog.
  • Here you will find instructions for searching and ordering.
  • Most books have a loan period of 4 weeks. If no reservation is received, they are automatically renewed for four weeks. Books with a blue dot above the call number have to be returned by the end of the following day (short loan). Attention: A fine for short loan books not returned on time is applied immediately.
  • Persons reserving borrowed media are notified when they arrive.
  • Orders are retained at the loan desk for collection for five working days following their arrival.
  • You can normally extend this online via your user account.
  • You can bring back our books to the counter at our library or to any other messenger library. A fee is charged for reminders issued for media not returned on time. 
  • The Medical Library is a collection point for messenger books.
  • You can receive information about general library issues at our loan desk, online or by e-mail.
  • For subject-specific questions, please contact our specialists.
  • Introductory and training sessions at the Medical Library are published in our News.
  • During weekend and evening opening hours, full service is not available.

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan order form
Loan Renewal Application

Document Delivery

Document Delivery order form

Further information on the services and the fees

The constant change in the medical and health sector is a challenge to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. The Medical Library therefore offers the relevant collections in preclinical and clinical medicine as well as pharmacy.

The Medical Library is linked to various university libraries in Bern and German-speaking Switzerland via a courier service.


Research Support Medicine and Pharmacy

The Medicine and Pharmacy portal supports your studies, research and teaching. We share news and information about subject-specific events and services offered by University of Bern's Library, along with useful tools for your scientific work.
This information you find as well on the Medicine and Pharmacy Portal.



We’ll keep you up-to-date. Learn about events, tools, and help offered by the Medical Library.

Coffee Lectures Medicine

Coffee Lectures medicine & pharmacy HS 2022

Free and public via Zoom:

Zoom link:
Identifier: 183856
Flyer Coffee Lecture

  • Wed, 19.10.2022, 13:00 Designing Figures and Tables for Publication and Presentation
  • Wed, 26.10.2022, 13:00 A tool that helps you work smarter, not harder: the PICO Portal
  • Thu, 03.11.2022, 13:00 New NIH Data Management and Sharing policy and requirements
  • Tue, 15.11.2022, 13:00 Screen the records, save the world! – Citizen Science with Cochrane Crowd

Automated Deduplication


Deduklick is an AI driven deduplication tool. bibMED was part of its development team. The results got now published:

Borissov N, Haas Q, Minder B, Kopp-Heim D, von Gernler M, Janka H, Teodoro D, Amini P. Reducing systematic review burden using Deduklick: a novel, automated, reliable, and explainable deduplication algorithm to foster medical research. Syst Rev. 2022 Aug 17;11(1):172. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02045-9.

Online Services 24/7

Here for you whenever you want

Take advantage of our online services wherever you are.

Everything you need to know

Systematic Searching Guide

The Systematic Searching Guide answers your questions about systematic searching in medical databases and registries:

Made for you

PubMed Video Tutorials

Our video tutorials offer support in conducting systematic searches in PubMed and in designing search strategies.

Systematic Searching A-Z

Glossary for systematic literature searching (German)

Confused about terminology? Dr. Marc von Gernler’s alphabetized glossary explains the most common terms in systematic searching. The glossary is in German, but we are working on an English translation.

Glossar zur Systematischen Literatursuche (deutsch) (PDF, 3.3 MB)

How to do a systematic review

Cochrane Interactive Learning

The Cochrane Training website provides a range of learning opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about conducting, editing or reading a systematic review. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned reviewer, you will find new opportunities to learn here about Cochrane systematic review methodology and processes. A registration is required in order to access the training modules.

Further information

Customized and professional

Advice and Searches on Demand

Are you considering a systematic review or do you want to develop a search strategy for databases? We support you with assistance and advice.

Brief consultation
Consultations & Searches
Systematic Review Services
10-20 minutes via Zoom
Consultations on databases & search strategies. Contract searches (max. 2 h, no systematic searches)
Consultations on systematic and other reviews. Conduction of systematic searches
Students UniBE
free free
Employees Inselspital
free free
Employees UniBE / PhD's
free free (Searches > 2h: CHF 88.00/h)
CHF 88.00/h
Employees Canton Bern
free free (Searches > 2h: CHF 88.00/h)
CHF 88.00/h
External clients
free free (Searches > 2h: CHF 114.00/h)
CHF 114.00/h
Contact Wed, 11-12.30 & 16-18 h, Zoom link for drop-in Request

Detailed information on fees and services:

Quick Question?

Speak with an information specialist

Find answers and resources by dropping in virtually. Every Wednesday 11:00 – 12:30 and 16:00 – 18:00.


  • Formulating your research question
  • Developing your search strategy
  • Translating your search strings from one database to another to obtain the most complete results
  • Peer review of your search strategy
  • Sources for systematic literature searching (databases, registries, grey literature)
  • Tools, handbooks, and guidance in systematic literature searching
  • New publication alerts

Please contact us with the following form. We are looking forward to your request.


Auftragsrecherchen / Librarian assisted searches

  • Support with and development of non-systematic searches

Fees and policy.

The Research Support Services team of the University of Bern Medical Library offers individual research consultations and contract searches for complex literature searches for systematic or scoping Reviews, HTAs or clinical guidelines. Our services cover:

Advice and Consulting on the following:

  • Sequential steps of systematic searching and systematic reviews
  • Search concepts and strategy development
  • Database selection and searching grey literature (non-published literature)

We offer the following paid services:

  • Conducting searches in specified databases
  • Designing (complex) search strategies
  • Revising your search strategy, subject to the approval of the principal investigator
  • Peer-reviewing your search strategies
  • Delivery of search results in an agreed-upon format
  • Documenting the search strategy, databases searched, and our results. Documentation includes the limits we set for the search. The documents we supply are ready to include in the manuscript's appendix and the PRISMA flow chart.
  • Writing up the search for the Methods section of your manuscript


Time frame

Contact us when your protocol has been drafted. Search times vary, depending upon the complexity of the search, the number of databases to be searched, and your availability for feedback. Deadlines are mutually approved.


When we conduct complex searches for you and document them for the manuscript (e.g., in the Methods and Appendix), we request co-authorship. If our contribution does not meet the ICMJE standards for authorship, we require clients to acknowledge our work as contributors.

Further information:


Registration for Systematic Review Services

If you want to register for our systematic review services, please fill out the following form and return it to us by email.

Information on Open Science, Open Acess, and BORIS is provided by the Open Science team.

Knowledge and Learning

Courses and Workshops

Brief coffee lectures, systematic searching in databases, and much more. We're happy to share our knowledge.

The Medical Library of the University of Bern is committed to teaching students and researchers how to improve their research skills and raise the quality of their publications.

Our courses in literature searching and evidence-based medicine include:

  • Curricular courses for the faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Science
  • Customized courses to meet the needs of your institution, department, or group

For course offers, please contact:


Systematic searching and more

Course title Short description Date Place Registration
Systematic literature searching for health and biomedical scientists: clinical databases This course builds on basic knowledge in searching the biomedical literature in bibliographic databases like MEDLINE, Embase or Web of Science. This training course will focus on a "systematic" search approach and address the challenges of developing complex search strategies to capture research topics in biomedicine by using different techniques. 19.10.22
09:00-15:00 (1 hour lunch break)
Universität Mittelstrasse, room 320 via Training of Graduate School for Health Sciences (Core courses)
What researchers need to know about systematic searching before publication coming soon 03.11.2022
09:15 - 12:00
University of Bern, Main Building, Hochschulstrasse 4, room 104 Via Transferable Skills Program for (Post)Docs
Scientific literature search (Basics) This module introduces essential principles of searching for your thesis/dissertation with a focus on how to use PubMed (Preparing a search plan and designing a structured search (Module 1.1).
This course is only open to medical students from the 3rd - 6th years of study.
Details & flyer
13:00 – 16:30
Universität Mittelstrasse; room 216 Registration via KSL (course No. 456770)
Scientific literature search - advanced searching This module introduces essential principles of searching for your thesis/dissertation with a focus on how to use search on Ovid Embase (Preparing a search plan and designing a structured search (Module 1.2).
This course is only open to medical students from the 3rd - 6th years of study. Details & flyer
08:30 – 12:00
Universität Mittelstrasse; room 228 Registration via KSL (course N°: 456770)

Coffee & Sweets

Brain food for your research projects or study

The coffee lectures of medicine and pharmacy provide practical tips in a nutshell concerning your scientific work. The coffee lectures will take place in the spring and in the fall as an online event. No registration is required

Fall semester 2022

Zoom link:
Identifier: 183856
Flyer Coffee Lecture

  • Wed, 19.10.2022, 13:00 Designing Figures and Tables for Publication and Presentation
  • Wed, 26.10.2022, 13:00 A tool that helps you work smarter, not harder: the PICO Portal
  • Thu, 03.11.2022, 13:00 New NIH Data Management and Sharing policy and requirements
  • Tue, 15.11.2022, 13:00 Screen the records, save the world! – Citizen Science with Cochrane Crowd

Documents and slides of past Coffee & Sweets:

We hold various lectures in literature searching as part of the regular curriculum of human medicine, dentistry medicine, biomedicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and biotechnical engineering.

The medical library also offers courses for the program "Transferable Skills",the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) und the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB).

For other courses please contact corresponding study coordinators. To get an offer for customized workshops please contact us via
Or alternatively have a look at our video tutorials on literature searching.

Get your work published

Academic Writing

Scientific Writing Courses with Dr. Kali Tal: Open to all students and postdocs in the health and natural sciences.

To sign up please use the ILIAS-links or email or external participants (fee-based) can use the following course registration link: Registration (for Non-affiliates of University of Bern or Inselspital only). Participants should have English at a C1 level or higher.

Description Date and Place
Info Registration
Writing the Methods & Results Sections of a Scientific Paper This course offers a set of evidence-based rules for writing clear and consistent Methods and Results sections. It encourages writers and gives you the tools to start writing Methods sections early in the research process, and to incrementally build Results sections that match your methods. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. This course is most useful for students who are already working on a research project. 06.09.2022
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Speed Your Writing Process: Outlining the Scientific Paper Learn to effectively use MS Word and other outliners to organize your writing process and smooth your collaboration with co-authors. Integrate guidelines, notes, and citations into your outline to cut writing your time in half. Outlining is a useful skill for writing scientific papers in English and makes the writing process more efficient. It's commonly taught in North America, but rarely taught in Europe. The outlining process begins long before the article is written, and helps scientists keep track of completed and pending writing tasks. This course demonstrates the use of the outline function of your word processor to structure and continuously revise the format of your paper (or other scientific documents) from first steps to final revisions. It will also be useful when you respond to reviewers.
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Improve Your Scientific Writing in English: Focus on the Paragraph Designed for researchers or clinicians who want to improve their English-language writing skills. This course focuses on writing proper paragraphs, which are the building blocks of English argumentation. Many other languages, like German, can express complex ideas and multiple relationships within a single sentence, but good English writing requires thinking and writing in shorter sentences within a disciplined paragraph structure. This is not a simple grammar course---you will earn advanced techniques for writing and organizing excellent paragraphs into a strong and persuasive argument.
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Writing the Discussion Section of a Scientific Paper Many researchers and clinicians find writing the Discussion the most complicated and challenging part of writing a scientific paper. This course offers you clear, evidence-based rules for writing your Discussion, so you are always sure what belongs in this section… and what does not. You will learn the function of each paragraph in a Discussion section. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. (Students who have already completed their data analysis will get the most out of this course.)
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Writing the Introduction to a Scientific Paper This online course guides you through the process of writing an Introduction for a scientific paper, paragraph by paragraph. 25.10.2022
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Writing About Qualitative Research in Scientific Papers This course covers guidelines and best practices for reporting qualitative research in scientific papers, with a focus on medicine and health science research.  Whether you are writing qualitative papers or papers that report on both qualitative and quantitative findings, this course will help you organize the process of reporting methods and results and interpreting your findings.
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Introduction to Grant Writing What do funders want to see in your grant application? This course will help you figure that out and tell your scientific story so that the importance and urgency of your project is vividly clear to funders. It will introduce all aspects of grant writing, from choosing the right grant, writing short and long proposals, and presenting your work to a review board. This is essential information for any medical or health science researcher or clinician who will need to write a grant application and applies to most grants and funding proposals. This is a good introductory workshop for researchers who will also take more advanced workshops targeted to specific grants. 29.11.2022
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Managing Co-Authors and the Ethics of Authorship Writers often have questions about the nature of authorship, the requirements for inclusion as an author, and the ordering of authors. Collaborating with other authors is also sometimes a challenge. This course is designed to help you with both practical and ethical aspects of authoring. It introduces checklists and organizational tools to help you communicate with co-authors, set and keep deadlines, document contributions, resolve conflicts, and ensure authors and their institutions receive proper credit for their work. This course is especially useful for first and last authors, but authors in any position (and future authors) can benefit from it. 01.12.2022
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Effective Tables, Figures & Slides: Basic Graphic Design for Scientist Researchers present visual data to make concepts and information easier for their audiences to grasp, but few researchers are taught basic principles of graphic design. This course will quickly familiarize you with best practices in the aesthetics of data presentation, including the use of color, images, animations, and other tips and tricks for making sure that your images get your message across without distracting or confusing your reader. Participants will analyze images of tables, figures and slides, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and learn techniques to improve them. Designed for researchers or clinicians who want to more effectively use images and tables to support their text. 06.12.2022
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom
Submitting your scientific article and responding to reviewers Preparing your scientific article for submission and responding effectively to reviewer comments are key to getting your article accepted for publication. The course covers the process of minor and major revisions, resolving conflicting recommendations, and how to politely say no to reviewer suggestions. The course will also help you organize the reformatting process for submission to an alternative journal. 13.12.2022
14:00 - 17:00
on Zoom

Lighten scientific life

Tools for Academic Workflows

Useful databases, tools for statistical analysis, data visualization, citation management, and much more.

Questions or considerations about tools:

Further information with the subject librarian: Fachreferat Medizin

Medline Reference database for all areas of biomedicine, with more than 21 million citations from 1946. Issued by: National Library of Medicine, USA

EMBASE Reference database with more than 23 million biomedical and pharmacological citations from 1974, including Medline from 1966. Issued by: Elsevier

Vivocase: Largest freely accessible German-language collection of medical-clinical case studies

The Cochrane Library Database on evidence-based medicine: includes full text of systematic reviews, protocols and register of clinical studies. Issued by: Cochrane Collaboration

PubMed Citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books

Further information you find with the subject librarian pharmacy: Fachreferat Pharmazie.

AccessPharmacy Access to pharmaceutical textbooks, instructional videos, glossaries, drug monographs, case reviews on pharmacotherapy, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and online Q&A as a learning tool for pharmaceutical students.

Medline Reference database for all areas of biomedicine, with more than 21 million citations from 1946. Issued by: National Library of Medicine, USA

Cochrane Training Learning material and online courses for conducting, editing or reading a systematic review (for some courses you need to register with a free Cochrane account and access the website via VPN).

Pschyrembel Medical database with entries from: clinical dictionary, naturopathy, social medicine, therapy, Hunnius pharmaceutical dictionary, nursing, psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychotherapy

PubMed More than 29 million citations for biomedical literature. Contains MEDLINE (since 1966, with MeSH) and OLDMEDLINE (1949 to 1965, without MeSH)

Drugbase Simultaneous search in 21 databases in the field of pharmacy and medicine (five simultaneous accesses to the database possible)



LaTeX is a text processing program, that enables structured formatting. Especially helpful for academic working with sciences.

Program: Download LaTeX
E-Book: Das Textverarbeitungssystem LaTeX, M. Öchsner & A. Öchsner, Springer Vieweg 2015 (Fulltext within the UniBE network)
E-Book: LaTeX Beginner's Guide, Leitfaden für Einsteiger, S. Kottwitz,  2011 (Fulltext within the UniBE networkUninetz)

Citing made easy

Citation management programs

These programs enhance easy and correct citing:

*full license: Members of the university of Bern must use the campus license (Citavi). The Softwareshop offers a discounted version.

Courses for citation management with various programs are offered by the university library

Open Access

The Open Science Team of the UB Bern  offers information, advice and support in electronic publishing, research data management and much more.

Open access policies of journals and editors:

Finding Open Access Journals:


Distinguish yourself in research! ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an unambiguous identificator for scientific authors. Register for ORCID.


The Altmetric plugin enables displaying Altmetric data für electronic journals with DOI. The Altmetrics explorer enables the analysis of online discussions of scientific papers.


Individual starting pages


Netvibes is a free online service for starting pages. You can create your own modules like RSS web feeds and condense them on one single webpage.



Diigo is a tool for Bookmarking. Collect websites, notes, images and links in one central place.

For your productivity


Toodledo is a productivity tool to create e.g. to-do lists.

Registration for Toodledo.

Notes to go

Evernote and OneNote

With these programs you collect and keep in order your notes, documents and photos.

Hot off the press

Our publications

We support and collaborate with research teams, devising and improving search strategies for systematic and other reviews.

  • Borissov N, Haas Q, Minder B, Kopp-Heim D, von Gernler M, Janka H, Teodoro D, Amini P. Reducing systematic review burden using Deduklick: a novel, automated, reliable, and explainable deduplication algorithm to foster medical research. Syst Rev. 2022 Aug 17;11(1):172. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02045-9.

  • Fernandez-Palomo C, Fazzari J, Trappetti V, Smyth L, Janka H, Laissue J and Djonov V. Animal Models in Microbeam Radiation Therapy: A Scoping Review. Cancers. 2020;12(3). 527; doi:10.3390/cancers12030527.
  • Schaffer MF. Transforming the medical library into a welcoming learning space: a collaborative project. Journal of EAHIL. 2020;16(2):39 - 42. doi: 10.32384/jeahil16393.
  • Schaffer MF. Dienstleistungsangebot für EBM – von der Lehre bis zur klinischen Forschung und Praxis: Erfahrungen an der Universität Bern. GMS Med Bibl Inf. 2020;20(1-2).
  • Weidlinger S, Schmutz C, Janka H, Gruetter C, Stute P. Sustainability of vaginal estrogens for genitourinary syndrome of menopause - a systematic review. Climacteric. 2021;3(1-9); doi: 10.1080/13697137.2021.1891218.
  • Leitlinienreport der interdisziplinären evidenz- und konsensbasierten S3-Leitlinie für Diagnostik und Therapie von Zwangsstörungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter; AWMF Register Nr. 028-007
  • Stute P, Wienges J, Koller A-S, Giese C, Wesemüller W, Janka H, Baumgartner S. Cognitive health after menopause: Does menopausal hormone therapy affect it? Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021; doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2021.101565
  • Nucera M, Meuli L, Janka H, Schindewolf M, Schmidli J, Makaloski V. Comprehensive review with pooled analysis on external and internal jugular vein aneurysm. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2021 Oct 9:S2213-333X(21)00502-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2021.09.009. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34634519.
  • L. M. Kaemmle, A. Stadler, H. Janka, M. von Wolff & P. Stute (2022) The impact of micronized progesterone on cardiovascular events – a systematic review. Climacteric, DOI: 10.1080/13697137.2021.2022644, PMID: 35112635.



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