German studies

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BdSL) Bibliographical information for general as well as English, German and Romance linguistics

KLGonline - Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur Standard reference work on contemporary German authors, whose work was published after 1945

Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (KLL) Entries on the most important works of world literature from its inception to the present day

Germanistik Online Datenbank International reference body with bibliographical references

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German studies

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarians for German studies would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made via Teams or Zoom.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the portal for humanities and theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).


Our collection in Germanic languages and literatures can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

German Studies Library

  • German-speaking authors from the beginnings to the present (works, critical editions, secondary literature)
  • Basic and specialized academic literature on German studies
  • Language atlases, journals in German studies and book series 
  • Fachspezifische und allgemeine Nachschlagewerke

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Basic study literature
  • New fiction 
  • Film adaptations of literary works

Münstergasse Library    

  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Bernensia collection