Burger Library Bern

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Burger Library Bern

IMG 3364 Library Muenstergasse gp.jpg
Coordinates 46 ° 56 '50.3 "  N , 7 ° 26' 53.9"  E Coordinates: 46 ° 56 '50.3 "  N , 7 ° 26' 53.9"  E ; CH1903:  600737  /  199.58 thousand
place Bern , Canton of Bern , SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSwitzerland 
Visitor address Münstergasse 63
3011 Bern
founding 1951
Age of the archive material about 1000 years
ISIL CH-000031-4
carrier Civic Community of Bern
Website www.burgerbib.ch

The Burgerbibliothek Bern at Münstergasse 63 in Bern is the library and archive of the Burgergemeinde Bern .

History and mission

The Bern Burgerbibliothek collects and preserves valuable and internationally significant holdings of manuscripts , archives and photo documents. It has existed since 1951 and owes its establishment to the conversion of the former city and university library (today Münstergasse library of the University Library of Bern ) into a foundation . Their manuscript department was made independent by setting up an independent citizen library in Bern. Today the Burgerbibliothek Bern is a public scientific archive.

The Burgerbibliothek Bern publishes various series of publications .


The Bern Burger Library comprises four areas:

Private archives

Bernese and Swiss estates, family archives, society archives and company archives. These holdings include the Bern Chronicles, including the Official Chronicle and the Spiezer Chronicle of Diebold Schilling the Elder , and bequests from personalities such as Albrecht von Haller , Karl Ludwig von Haller , Jeremias Gotthelf , Albert Anker , Rudolf von Tavel , and Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg , Johann Rudolf Gruner , Karl Howald , Ernst Kreidolf , Rudolf Abraham von Schiferli and Gottlieb Samuel Studer (see also the list of personal papers in the Bern Burger Library ).

Company archives

Society Archives

Bongarsiana / Codices

The collection of medieval and early modern codices comprises around 1000 manuscripts, including around 200 codices from the Carolingian era. Most of the manuscript collection goes back to the French scholar and diplomat Jacques Bongars (1554–1612), whose collection came to Bern in 1632. The celeriac in the collection include a. the only surviving manuscript of the Liber ad honorem Augusti by Petrus von Ebulo (12th century), a richly illustrated Prudentius Code (9th century) and various commentaries on Virgil and Lukan (9th / 10th centuries), the known as Scholia Bernensia .

Paintings, graphics and photography

The collection mainly comprises the historical topography of the city of Bern, its surroundings (especially Bernese castles and country estates), subjects of cultural and historical interest, a portrait collection, the documentation of Bernese portraits as well as bequests from artists such as Friedrich Walthard (1818-1870), Rudolf Münger (1862 –1929), Rudolf Mumprecht (* 1918) or Daniel de Quervain (* 1937).

Civic community archive

In its function as the community archive of the civic community, the civic library in Bern stores both the administrative archives of civic institutions and the archives of civic societies and guilds .


  • The Burger Library in Bern. Archive, library, documentation center. Stämpfli, Bern 2002, ISBN 3-7272-1220-9 (commemorative publication for the 50th anniversary).
  • Treasures of the Bern Burger Library , ed. on behalf of the civic authorities of the City of Bern on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Federation of the City of Bern with the Waldstätten from the Bern Citizens' Library, Bern 1953.

See also

Web links

Commons : Burgerbibliothek Bern  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Claudia Engler: Arte et marte. Franz Ludwig von Erlach and the Bongarsiana . In: In the eye of the hurricane, federal power elites and the Thirty Years War , ed. by André Holenstein, Georg von Erlach and Sarah Rindlisbacher (= Berner Zeitschrift für Geschichte , vol. 77, 2015 No. 3, special edition), pp. 34–50.