New Graduate Institute Student?
11 Key Things to Know About the Library

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1) Library Website

Use the Library website as a launch pad:


2) Loan

Different user profiles, different loan conditions:

  • Master's students: 20 documents, 28 days (standard loan), renewable 3 times
  • PhD students, professors: 40 documents, semestrial loan

Different documents, different loan conditions:

  • Standard loan: 28 days, renewable 3 times
  • Consultatifs and DVDs: 7 days, renewable 3 times
  • Seminars: no loan
Internal Loan

Unlimited number of documents, 28 days (standard loan), renewable 3 times:

  • Select a numbered table (level 1)
  • Fill in a green form for each book at the desk
  • The loan is issued to the table number
  • The borrowed books and their form must remain at the chosen table
Interlibrary Loan

Can't find a document in Geneva? Get it through an interlibrary loan.

Renewing a Loan

3) Required Readings and Course Handouts

Required readings and course handouts are made available on level 2 of the Library (map). No loan, consultation only.


4) Suggest a Purchase

Not yet in our collection? Place a request!


5) VPN and Remote Access

How to access Library eResources from your own computer? Through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.


6) Photocopies, Prints, Scans

5 multifunction printers are available in the Library (map):

Printing from a Wi-Fi connected laptop:


7) Lockers

Get one of our 150 lockers:

  • Keys can be retrieved from accounting (Comptabilité, petal 1, level 4 / Tue-Fri, 9 am-12.30 pm)
  • CHF 50.- deposit

8) Bubbles

Need a team working place? Reserve one of our 7 bubbles!

  • For Graduate Institute students only
  • Same day or next day only
  • Minimum 2 users
  • Duration: 4 hours max.
  • 1 reservation per day

9) Food and Drinks

Food and drinks are prohibited inside the Library! Only bottles are accepted.

The cafeteria is located on level 3.


10) Student Jobs at the Library

Looking for a student part-time job? Contact the Institute's career service!


11) Save Time, Ask a Librarian!

  • Loan service: 022 908 58 88 (9 am - 9.30 pm)
  • Information Desk: 022 908 58 89 (10 am - 6 pm)