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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 historical collection of the periodical ‘Armee-Logistik’ (armed forces logistics) and its predecessor ‘Der Fourier’ (the quartermaster sergeant) have been digitalised at the initiative of the ETH Zurich, the Swiss Association of Quartermaster Sergeants and the Library Am Guisanplatz. All editions of the periodical ‘Der Fourier’ (1928-1998) and most editions of the ‘Armee-Logistik’ (1999-2012) have been uploaded to and can now be fully accessed on-line. Current years will follow suit. Further digitisation projects are also being planned by 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.

Albert von Escher collection

Albert von Escher collection External website. Content opens in new window

In the Albert von Escher collection you will find watercolour paintings of military uniforms from the 17th  to the 19th century.

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Opening hours

  • Desk
    Monday to Friday
    08.30 - 11.00 / 14.00 - 16.30
  • Customer workstations
    Monday to Friday
    08.30 - 16.30 permanently open



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