IBSS One of the largest international collections of literary references in the social sciences from more than 100 countries

SSCI Database in the field of social sciences, containing bibliographic information, including respective references

Gender Studies Database: Records from scholarly and popular publications, including journals, books, conference papers and theses on subjects including gender inequality, masculinity, post-feminism and gender identity

IBZ International, interdisciplinary bibliography for journal articles for humanities and the social sciences

SocIndex Directory of specialist literature in the field of social sciences with extensive provision of full texts


Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for sociology 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 Human and Social Sciences of the University Library of Bern (in German).


Our collection in sociology 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

  • Specialized literature for teaching and research in all fields of sociology

Münstergasse Library

  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Publications on the city and canton of Bern

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Basic study literature

Mittelstrasse Library

  • Literature in the fields of gender studies and sustainable development