Library’s areas: access and description

The Library’s spaces are primarily intended for the academic community of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) and for CHUV employees. Some areas are reserved for CHUV badge holders only.

Conditions to access the library and its services are currently temporarily modified.
Note that face masks must be worned at all times. More info

Subject to availability, the Library is open to anyone wishing to use its services. Information can be obtained at the reception or by phone.

The rules of access to the areas and all the conditions of use are specified in the library rules (french content).

  • Workspaces

    To ensure a welcoming and hygienic environment it is not allowed to eat or drink, with the exception of drinks in closed containers.

    271 workplaces on 3 levels.

    Level E2, Marie Feyler area – Silent work area

      • 109 workplaces
      • Access reserved for CHUV badge holders only
      • Silent area, for study purposes only. Users must limit noise as much as possible.
      • The lounge, equipped with armchairs, allows you to take a break, make discreet phone calls, etc.


    Level E1 – Quiet work area

      • 98 workplaces
      • Access reserved for CHUV badge holders only
      • Quiet area, mainly dedicated to studying. Various services are present on this floor: collections, training room, group work rooms
      • 16 workplaces distributed in 3 group work rooms available upon reservation. Conversations are allowed in these rooms
      • 16 places in the training room, available when the room is not booked (please refer to the calendar on the door). Quiet area


    Level -0 – Multi-purpose area

      • 32 workplaces
      • Low-voice exchanges allowed with respect for nearby users


    Outside of teaching periods, places are available in the lab work rooms.

  • Lab work rooms

    Located on the ground floor of the library, these three rooms, with a total of 120 places, are managed by the School of Medicine. Outside of teaching periods, they are available to study in a quiet environment. Availability indicated on the doors. For security reasons, it is not allowed to eat or drink.

  • Interactive map

In order to borrow items from the library, you need to register for a library card. This card is personal and non-transferable. It can be obtained in any member library of the Renouvaud network, after registration online or directly on site.

You can fill out the pre-registration form and then validate the registration at the library in order to receive your library card.

The UNIL Campus Card can be used as a Renouvaud Card. Students enrolled in UNIL are automatically registered in the Renouvaud network.

Cards with the Bibliopass logo are also valid, but a registration of the card and the reader’s contact details must be made on the first loan.

Requirements for registration

People aged 14 years or over who belong to one of the following categories may register free of charge (except special conditions) in one of the network’s libraries :

  • Persons residing in Switzerland
  • Students, faculty and other staff of the UNIL, EPFL, Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Students of other universities with partnership with the UNIL or EPFL
  • Swiss citizens living abroad
  • Persons living abroad, who are working in the Canton de Vaud

An identity document is required at registration (the badge for CHUV employees).

Loans and extensions

The lending period is 28 days, renewable four times. To do this, please log into your account using the barcode number on the back of your Renouvaud or Unil card.

Document delivery and Interlibrary Loan

Ordering scientific articles and requesting a loan from another library is a service for anyone working or studying in the field of health and medicine. All orders are subject to a financial contribution. In order to save you unnecessary costs and time, we recommend that you consult the guide indicating how to find an article before placing an order.


A CHUV staff member or a student or academic staff member of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine
As long as the topic of the document is biomedical or paramedical, individuals living in the Canton de Vaud can make an order for personal use

Interlibrary loan (books)

Books from libraries in the Renouvaud network (BCU, CIO, IDHEAP, etc.) must be borrowed directly from the libraries to which they belong. Only CHUV employees can order books from the Renouvaud network through our service. Books that are not in the BiUM collections or in the libraries mentioned above can be ordered from other libraries.
This is a paid service.

Order form

All orders have to be placed through our interlibrary loan system, through the OpenILLink form.
Article : if you know the PMID article number, available at Pubmed, please use this number to fill the form.  
Books : if you know the Renouvaud record number, please use this number to complete the form.

Expected delivery time

Delivery time and conditions depend on the lending library ( loan conditions, availability of the document … ) . Copies of articles are sent by email allowing to shorten the delivery time (count from 1 to 3 days if the article comes from a Swiss library). Regarding books, an availability notice will be sent to you when the requested item has arrived at the CHUV library. It remains available at our welcome desk until the due date of the loan set by the lending library (mentioned in the notice of availability), when it must imperatively be returned .


Internal pricing

For CHUV / FBM staff
(Costs supported by the departments with internal invoicing)

BIUM and Swiss articlesCHF 8.-
Articles outside SwitzerlandCHF 12.-
Books, theses in SwitzerlandCHF 8.-
Books, theses outside SwitzerlandCHF 24.- (possible increase)
External pricing
For students, individuals and public and para-public services

(Individuals and students must pay at the reception desk or provide a sticker. Invoices are possible from 10 items upwards, but additional costs including VAT will be charged.)

Articles (for each 20 pages)CHF 12.- (or sticker)
Books, theses in SwitzerlandCHF 8.-
Books, theses outside SwitzerlandCHF 24.- (possible increase)
Literature research

The library offers literature research training and help on a one-to-one basis. Please check our dedicated page (in French).

Booking group study rooms

FBM students (starting from 2nd year) can reserve group study rooms (a minimum number of participants is required). Reservations are done from or the Affluences mobile app and are only available 7 days beforehand.

Conditions to access the library and its services are currently temporarily modified.
Note that face masks must be worned at all times. More info

Book a group study room
FBM students (starting from 2nd year) can also use these rooms freely when they are not booked, or when the minimum number of participants is not reached. A CHUV badge is required to enter the rooms at any time.

Box 1Box 2Box 3
6 3 seats6 3 seats4 2 seats
at least 3 2 persons for a reservationat least 3 2 persons for a reservationat least 2 persons for a reservation
Quota: 4h/week par person
1 screen (HDMI)
Only for FBM students (2nd year and later)


  • Only for FBM students (2nd year and later) having an active and validated CHUV badge (required to open the door) and a valid UNIL email to confirm reservations.
  • Maximum 4h week, per person.
  • Reservations can be done maximum 1 week in advance.
  • Minimum number of participants required: 2 persons
  • Furniture in the room cannot be rearranged (due to electrical wiring).
  • In case of no-show after 30 minutes the reservation may be cancelled (with loss of quota).
Computer workstations

The Library offers 3 CHUV workstations and 7 InternetUNIL terminals on the ground floor (level -0) to search the Internet and use various computer applications.

The workstations intended for CHUV employees (requiring login and password) must under no circumstances be used to process confidential data (e.g. Soarian).

  • 2 workstations at the entrance, close to the welcome desk
  • 1 workstation in the reading and work area (used for accompanied literature searches; please refer to the booking schedule)

More information on this page (only in French), under the heading « Pourquoi y a-t-il aussi peu de postes informatiques CHUV ? »

For Master’s students who need access to Soarian, this is possible with a personal computer and requires:

Once these conditions are met, remote access to SOARIAN for students doing their Master’s thesis can be achieved via a Standard VPN connection > MESAPPLIS > SOARIAN

For external users and UNIL students:
Internet and networks

The library provides two free wireless networks :

  • CHUV public network
    for  everyone
    quick set-up
    10-day validity
  • Eduroam network
    for students of any University
    for CHUV staff
    for anyone from other Eduroam-member institutions
    Information to connect :

    Login : (Different from the e-mail address) Ex. for Harry Potter or
    Password : Usual password for your CHUV or UNIL account
    More information available on the CHUV intranet (only available within the CHUV network).

There are computers available at the BiUM :

Telephony: mobile network

Factors beyond our control such as the location of the GSM antennas and the partly underground construction of the building hamper the reception of the mobile network. More or less depending on the operators. However, some plans and mobile phones allow calls via the WiFi network.

Print and copy

Students and external users have the ability to print, copy and scan documents via the UNIL PrintUNIL printing system

CHUV employees have the ability to print, copy and scan documents via a dedicated printer equipped with the Papercut – Follow-You system (documentation in French and available only from the CHUV’s internal network)

  • You are UNIL student

    Please consult the PrintUNIL documentation on the website of the UNIL IT service.

    You can print, copy or scan with the same procedure as from any UNIL site.

    You can refill your PrintUNIL account by transferring credits from your Campuscard by following the procedure described at

    To do this, the Campuscard must be sufficiently funded. If necessary, you can refill your Campuscard online by following the procedure described at

  • You are an external user

    You can use the PrintUNIL printers to print, copy or scan documents. You must first create a guest account by going to this page. Print credits can be purchased at the welcome desk of the library.

    Warning: when creating a guest account, the used e-mail address must not contain an underscore (“_”).

    You can use the UNIL Internet terminals of the library to print your documents.

    Warning: it is necessary to precede your user name with “printunil\” (example: printunil\guest42) during authentication. On Mac to enter a ‘\’, press Alt + Shift + 7.

    To copy or scan, you can connect to a PrintUNIL printer and choose the “Copie” or “Lire et envoyer” option.


    PricePrinting credits
    CHF. 5.-50
    CHF. 10.-100
    CHF. 20.-200
    CHF. 30.-300
    CHF. 40.-400
    CHF. 50.-500
  • You are a CHUV employee

    You can login (login + CHUV password) on one of the computer workstations available to CHUV employees.

    Then send your documents to the printer connected to these stations and pass your badge through the badge reader on this machine. It is then possible to release your documents.

Remote access to online resources

Remote access to online resources is available only for CHUV staff and UNIL students and staff. → see the documentation

As the Library of medicine is not responsible for the technical infrastructure provided for remote access, please contact the respective IT support in case of problems or difficulties with the  remote access installation:

Multimedia library

Located in the BiUM, the multimedia library contains material to meet training and teaching needs and to provide information to patients.

DVD collection

This audiovisual documentation is catalogued in Renouvaud. It includes educational films, documentary films, clinical examinations, care and maintenance methods, medical broadcasts, inaugural conferences and lectures. This collection is classified as the monographs according to the NLM classification and also indexed with MeSH vocabulary.
Here is also a selection of DVD sorted by themes.

A few fiction films have been purchased upon teachers’ request. They are used for specialized training or for Pause Projection sessions.

These documents are available for on-site consultation or for borrowing.

Online multimedia resources 

  • A number of videos (reports) are available for online consultation (intranet). Please visit the Vidéothèque on the Hôpitothèque website
  • CHUV symposium videos can be accessed on the Hôpitothèque website (registration required)
  • A number of medical journals offer publications and videos (e.g. NEJM, JoVE or AccessMedicine)

Pause Projection

These thematic screenings followed by a talk with a guest speaker are jointly organized with the Policlinique médicale universitaire (PMU) and the IUMSP – uDDSP.

Check our Winter Spring 2019 program

Purchase suggestions

Get involved in the Library’s collection development by completing the purchase suggestion form.


The library books and multimedia collections are updated with new material on a regular basis.




Teaching collection

For students in medicine, the Library has resources available on loan. To access it in the catalog, please visit the following links:

You can also find the available resources for the different course syllabus of the Bachelor’s degree by visiting the links in the tables below:





For students in Nursing Sciences, the Library has resources available on loan. To access it in the catalog, please visit the following links:

Syllabus IUFRS Master Nursing Sciences
M1 – M3Autumn semester
M2 – M4Spring semester
NLM Classification

The Library collection is thematically organized according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) headings.

Take note in the bibliographic record, of the location name, and the NLM classification number (see screenshot), then go directly to the documents on the shelves.

Cote Renouvaud - classification NLM

Beware, if the location name mentionned in Renouvaud is different than “Bibliothèque Universitaire de Médecine au CHUV – Bibliothèque : Collection générale” or “Bibliothèque Universitaire de Médecine au CHUV – Bibliothèque : Collection d’enseignement”, send us an e-mail beforehand or ask the welcome desk.

NLM CodeCategoryLink
Books selectionDVD selection
HSocial sciences : Economics, Sociology
Sciences sociales : Economie, Sociologie
Books selection
QScience (general)
Science (général)
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QAProbability / Statistics
Probabilités / Statistiques
Books selection
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QHBiology, Genetics, Cytology
Biologie, Génétique, Cytologie
Books selection
QSHuman Anatomy
Anatomie humaine
Books selectionDVD selection
QS 504 – 532Histology
Books selection
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QUBiochemistry, Cell biology, Genetics
Biochimie, Biologie cellulaire, génétique
Books selectionDVD selection
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QWMicrobiology, Immunology, Vaccines
Microbiologie, Immunologie, Vaccins
Books selectionDVD selection
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QYClinical pathology
Pathologie clinique
Books selectionDVD selection
QZPathologies, Neoplasms
Anatomie pathologique, Tumeurs
Books selectionDVD selection
NLM CodeCategoryLink
WGeneral Medicine, Health Professions
Professions de la santéMedical Dictionaries, Biomedical Technology, Forensic Sciences
Books selectionDVD selection
WAPublic Health
Santé publiquePublic health, Epidemiology, Preventive health services, Preventive medicine, Occupational Medicine, Health and Hygiene, Health Administration and Organization, Environmental Pollution, Sanitation, Statistics, Surveys
Books selectionDVD selection
WBPractice of Medicine
Pratique de la médecineEmergency medicine, Internal medicine, physical examination and history taking, Diagnosis
Books selectionDVD selection
WCCommunicable Diseases (general)
Maladies transmissibles (général)General Works
Books selectionDVD selection
NLM CodeCategoryLink
WEMusculoskeletal System
Appareil locomoteur
Books selectionDVD selection
WFRespiratory System
Système respiratoire
Books selectionDVD selection
WGCardiovascular System
Système cardio-vasculaire
Books selectionDVD selection
WHHemic and Lymphatic System
Hématologie, Système lymphatique
Books selectionDVD selection
WIDigestive System
Books selectionDVD selection
WJUrogenital System
Appareil génito-urinaire
Books selectionDVD selection
WKEndocrine System
Books selectionDVD selection
WLNervous System
Books selectionDVD selection
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WNRadiology, Diagnostic Imaging
Books selectionDVD selection
Chirurgie, Anesthésie
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WTGeriatrics, Chronic Disease
Books selectionDVD selection
WUDentistry, Oral Surgery
Odontologie, Stomatologie
Books selection
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WXHospitals and other Health Facilities
Books selectionDVD selection
Soins infirmiers
Books selectionDVD selection
WZHistory of Medicine, Medical Miscellany
Histoire de la médecine
Books selectionDVD selection
Essential documents by medical specialty
This section is currently being revised. Find the thematic collections of the Library on Renouvaud