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

MLA International, in particular American and European literature, comparative and historical linguistics, literary criticism and theory

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Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur KLfG Life and work of outstanding contemporary writers of world literature

Oxford Bibliographies Annotated subject bibliographies on various literatures

Literature Studies

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for Literature 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 general and comparative linguistics and literature can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Textbooks and introductory literature for students  
  • Research overviews
  • Reference grammars

Linguistics Library

  • Specialized academic literature on general linguistics, on historical-comparative linguistics and on Indo-European studies
  • Special areas:  psycholinguistics (especially language acquisition), Indian and Iranian (language and culture), Caucasus (language and culture), Tibeto-Burmese linguistics

Münstergasse Library

  • Reference works in the reading room