University Library of Bern UB

Exhibitions and events

With our guided tours, event series and exhibitions we offer a broad, culturally and scientifically interested audience insights into current developments and the history of knowledge media or the latest research contributions from inside and outside the University of Bern.

All events of the University Library


In the Münstergasse Library we show larger thematic exhibitions and smaller presentations of our treasures of old prints and special collections.

Program & further details (in German)

Buch am Mittag

«30 minutes of research for a broad, interested audience« is the concept behind the «Buch am Mittag« series. In this series, visitors are given an insight into current research topics in the humanities and social sciences in the form of an easy-to-understand, compact and gripping short presentation.

Program & detailed information (in German)

«Fokus Forschung» - Talks about science

In this series of talks, researchers from the University of Bern share the fascination of their fields of research and talk about their everyday lives.

Program & further details (in German)


Text! Literatur im Gespräch

Foto von Anja Fonseka
Picture: Anja Fonseka

In the series of talks «Text! - Literatur im Gespräch» authors talk about how, when and where they write, how they do their research and how they deal with raw material. They provide insight into their work and the process of creating their texts.

Program & further details (in German)

Blind Date - eine Kulturentführung

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Have you had enough of your own four walls? For the fourth time, «Blind Date - eine Kulturentführung» takes you on a journey through Bernese culture. On three evenings, you will get to know a different side of each of the participating Bernese institutions. The University Library of Bern is one of them.

Further information (in German)



Everyone has something to tell, even if their experiences seem unspectacular and mundane. In the «Erzählcafé» (storytelling cafés), participants talk about personal experiences on a predefined topic. The conversations are moderated and are followed by coffee and tea. Everyone is welcome at the storytelling café, even those who just want to listen.

Further information (in German)

Online exhibitions

We can usually only show the treasures in our climate-controlled showcases for three months. However, the images of the exhibits and their explanations are still accessible in our online exhibitions.

Virtual showcases

Historical Library Tour

During a one-hour guided tour through the renovated building of the Münstergasse Library, you will learn about the history of this oldest public cultural institution in Bern, its holdings and its services.

Dates of the guided tours (in German)