University Library of Bern UB

Subject information

History of art and architecture

International Bibliography of Art Scholarly literature for European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945

Prometheus digital image archive for art and cultural studies

Kubikat collective catalog of four of the leading German scholarly research institutes in the field of art history digital platform for art history and art sciences

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online artists of the world

ARTstor image database from the fields of art, architecture, archaeology, ethnology

Discover e-journals in your subject area with BrowZine. The best starting point is here: History of art and architecture journals

History of art and architecture

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for the history of art and architecture 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 Humanities and Theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).

Our collection in history of art and architecture can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Mittelstrasse Library

  • Specialized literature in all fields of history of art and architecture
  • Source texts and encyclopedias (on-site use)
  • Journals (latest 10 volumes, on-site use)
  • Historical collection (16th-19th centuries, on-site use)

Münstergasse Library

  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Literature on art and architecture of the city and canton of Bern
  • Historical collection (to be consulted in the Special Reading Room)