Political science

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Political science

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for political science 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
  • Data analysis with R

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 Human and Social Sciences of the University Library of Bern (in German).


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

vonRoll Library BvR

  • Basic literature for students
  • Literature for teaching and research from all subfields of political sciences
  • Reference works in the reading room

Münstergasse Library

  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Background information on short-term political events