Sustainable development

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Sustainable development

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for sustainable development 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 Natural Sciences of the University Library of Bern.

Mittelstrasse Library

  • Literature on sustainable development (formerly Sustainable Development Library)
  • Wide range of scientific and interdisciplinary literature on all aspects of sustainable development
  • Books and e-books, journals (print and online) and DVDs
  • Open access holdings for research and teaching as well as for the interested public


More literature on sustainable development can be found in the Muesmatt Library, in the Geography Library and in closed stack areas and can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern.

CDE is Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development. One of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, their task is mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching.