1. Collection

Library Museum of Communication / PTT Archive

The Museum of Communication Library/PTT Archive comprises three libraries: the Historical PTT Library at the PTT Archive, the Philately Library and the Reference Library at the Museum of Communication. The entire collection comprises around 90,000 titles. It is constantly updated with new publications and can be viewed on site and researched online.

Historical Library at the PTT archive

The Special Academic Library at the PTT archive comprises around 35,000 publications and complements the archival collections of the PTT archive. The collection includes titles in the following areas: post, telephony, telegraphy, the Universal Postal Union, the International Telecommunication Union, transportation and New Media. The historical collection contains books going back to the 17th century.

Philately Library at the Museum of Communication

Specialist literature, stamps and auction catalogues form the backbone of the library. A one-of-a-kind airmail collection donated by Dr Robert Paganini can also be found here. It was supplemented by Professor Robert Gsell's legacy on aeronautics and aircraft technology.

Reference library at the Museum of Communication

The reference library is comprised of specialist literature on the areas covered by both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. In addition to the core areas within the field of post and telecommunications history, areas such as museum sciences, media theory, advertising and cultural sciences are additional focal points.

Use and research

All the libraries are openly accessible. Publications can be consulted by prior appointment on visiting days in the reading room at the PTT Archive. Book loans are not available. The library has joined the Bern and Basel  Library Association IDS, meaning that the library holdings can be searched via the baselbern.swissbib.ch catalogue.


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