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Federal Department of Defence
Civil Protection and Sport

The Library Am Guisanplatz

The Federal Military Library founded in 1848 became the Library Am Guisanplatz (BiG) on 27 October 2007. It is an institution of the Swiss Confederation under public law. Since 1 January 2009, the library has been coordinating and managing the libraries of the Federal Administration, ensures close cooperation in the fields of IT and documentation, leads the Federal Documentation Committee and is responsible for the Alexandria library network.

The BiG is open to the public. In a rapidly changing environment it ensures the provision of international technical literature in several fields such as history, politics, armed forces, civil protection, traffic, energy, migration, architecture, environment, agriculture, finances and economics. Such specialised documentation can be found in the catalog of the Alexandria library network.


Digitalised periodicals

Digitalised periodicals

The Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich), the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), the Swiss Federation of Civil Protection (Schweizerischer Zivilschutzverband) and the Library Am Guisanplatz have completed digitizing the four most important information media of the Swiss Federation of Civil Protection and the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection. All issues of the journals „Protar“, „Schutz und Wehr“, Zivilschutz“, „Action“ und „Bevölkerungsschutz“ from 1934 to 2012 have been published in the Internet as part of the project and are fully accessible on-line. More digitization projects of periodicals are currently planned at the Library Am Guisanplatz.

Digitalised periodicals External website. Content opens in new window

Alexandria in swissbib

New: since 8 December 2012, the accessible contents of the Alexandria library network can also be searched via External website. Content opens in new window. Swissbib is the metacatalog of the Swiss university libraries and the Swiss national library. It provides a simple fast and comprehensive gateway to scientific information.

Online Collections

Library catalog

Online catalogue External website. Content opens in new window

The catalog of the the Alexandria library network contains more than one million registered titles and over 1.3 million copies, many of which are publicly accessible.

Heberlein Collection

Heberlein Collection External website. Content opens in new window
Visit the autograph collection of Dr. Georg Heberlein of the Library Am Guisanplatz. (Informations only in German!)

Military postcard collection

Military postcard collection External website. Content opens in new window
The military postcard collection of the Library Am Guisanplatz is one of the most important collections of this kind countrywide.

For questions about this page: Public service BiG

Opening hours - Lending

Monday - Friday
08:30 - 11:00 und 14:00 - 16:30

If you wish to study at our facility through the lunch hours, please submit your request 10 days in advance to Public service BIG or phone 031 324 51 21.



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