University Library of Bern UB

Retro digitisation

Advice on digitization projects

We support researchers and lecturers at the University of Bern on issues concerning standards and formats for scanning, image processing, workflows, full text recognition, costs, text mining, copyright or long-term archiving. Scroll down to "contact persons" for contact details. 

Digitization of printed publications

Since 2002, the University Library Bern digitizes printed publications and publishes them on the platforms listed below. Lecturers and researchers at the University of Bern can make suggestions for the digitization of works for these platforms. 

The Bern University Library has been digitising books, individual prints and maps from the 16th to 19th centuries since 2008. They are available online in high resolution at

Since 2010, the University Library Bern digitizes printed journals of scientific societies, yearbooks, magazines as well as source material from the Canton of Bern and makes these digitizations freely accessible on e-periodica.  

Currently, the University Library Bern digitizes three million newspaper pages that have appeared in print between 1692 and 2000 in the cities of Bern, Biel, Thun and the Bernese Jura. 

The online portal of the University Library Bern on the history and culture of the city and canton of Bern. 

Contact Persons Digitization