Medical Library

Medicine

Opening hours

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. For reservations outside the booked periods, please complete the forms next to the doors. Please note, however, that priority is given to online reservations
  • 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

Infrastructure

  • 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.

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Further information on our Research Support Service website "Medicine and Pharmacy". 

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 kali.tal@unibe.ch 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. Please bring a laptop. Courses take place at the Mittelstrasse 43.

 Course Title  Description ILIAS-links  Date 2021 Room 
Health Science Writing for Beginners: Introduction to the IMRaD Format
An introduction to the basic components of scientific papers written in the IMRaD format: "Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion." Learn techniques for reading and writing scientific papers, summarizing them, and using them in your work. Many papers in medicine also make use of checklists (STROBE, EQUATOR, etc.), so this course briefly introduces you to the most commonly used checklists in medical research and explains how to use them when you read and write papers. Useful for anyone beginning to study or work in medicine or other health sciences and who needs an introduction to scientific writing. Course info

Register here

Aug 18,

14:00-17:00

Online course (Zoom)
Outlining the Scientific Paper Outlining is a useful skill, for organizing scientific work into papers or presentations and is especially helpful for writing in English. The outlining process begins long before the article is written, and helps scientists keep track of completed and pending writing tasks. This course will show you how use the outline function of your MS Word program, and lead you through exercises that will help you structure and continuously revise the format of your paper (or other scientific documents) from first steps to final revisions. A useful course for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or grant applications. Course info

Register here

Aug 25,

14:00-17:00

Online course (Zoom)
Improve Your Scientific Writing in English: Focus on the Paragraph This course is designed to address common problems faced by non-native speakers who write medical papers in English. It demonstrates a clear method for building powerful, organized English paragraphs that powerfully convey findings and ideas to readers. Participants read and analyze paragraphs, draft and edit their own, and will leave the course with a plan to ensure that their English writing continues to improve.  Course info

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Sep 1,

14:00-17:00

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 simplifies the writing process and gives you the tools to start writing Methods sections early in the research process, and to incrementally build Results sections as you do your analysis. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. (Students who have already selected or are working on a research project will get the most out of this course.) Course info

Register here

Sep 8,

14:00-17:00

Writing the Discussion Section of a Scientific Paper Many medical 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). This course breaks the Discussion down to the paragraph level and explain the function of each paragraph. 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.) Course info

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Sep 15,

14:00-17:00

Writing the Introduction of a Scientific Paper What goes in your Introduction? This is often a hard question for scientists to answer, because you know so much more than you can fit into a small space. This course explains how to use the Introduction to set up the scientific narrative that you will tell in your paper. The Introduction is broken down into paragraphs, each of which has a discrete function. You will learn to effectively match your Introduction to the requirements of your target journal. 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.) Course info

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Sep 22,

14:00-17:00

Effective Tables, Figures and Slides: Basic Graphic Design for Scientific Researchers 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. Course info

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Sep 29,

14:00-17:00

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 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. Course info

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Nov 3,

14:00-17:00

Submitting Your Scientific Article and Responding to Reviewers Learn how to successfully submit a scientific article and then respond effectively  to reviewer comments.  The course will show you how to handle minor or major revisions, resolve conflicting recommendations, and politely say no to reviewer suggestions. The course will also help you organize the reformatting process for submission to an alternative journal. Course info

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Nov 17,

14:00-17:00

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. Course info

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Nov 24,

14:00-17:00

Poster Design for Scientific Conferences When you go to conferences, you are faced with rows and rows of similar posters... How can you make yours stand out from the crowd?  This course teaches you basic principles of graphic art as applied to poster design for scientific conferences. Learn how to make your message visible and to attract and manage a viewing audience so you can make the most of your conference experience. Course info

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Dec 1,

14:00-17:00

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