HKB Libraries

The Bern University of Arts has three libraries: The Music Library of the Music Department is located in Breitenrain, in the former stables of the barracks. The Media Library of the Department Design and Fine Arts, Conservation and Restoration and of the Y Institute for Transdisciplinarity is in Bern Bümpliz in an old factory building. Furthermore, the Swiss Literature Institute also has its own library since 2006.


The Music Library and the Media Library are members of the Library Association IDS (Bibliotheksverbund IDS) of Basel and Bern, which is part of the Information Association of German-speaking Switzerland (Informationsverbund Deutschschweiz IDS). This association of university libraries of the Cantons of Basel, Bern, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich as well as of the ETH-libraries gives students access to the stock of 450 libraries with over 13 million titles. The catalogue can be accessed via links from the BUA libraries.


The library of the Swiss Literature Institute contains 2000 media units. The largely German and French monographs, magazines, CDs, CD-roms and DVDs belong to the field of the latest contemporary literature and creative writing. Unfortunately, the library cannot yet offer an online search engine for the library catalogue.