Who Are We?

The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library of the Graduate Institute is specialised in the field of international relations and development studies. The Library offers valuable collections which reflect the disciplines taught (Anthropology and Sociology of Development, International Economics, International History, International Law, International Relations/Political Science) and the research subjects (Economics, History, Law, Political Science, Social Sciences, etc.) at the Graduate Institute, and in particular:

  • International law and international organisations
  • International security, peace and conflict prevention
  • Development economics and development assistance
  • Human rights
  • International migrations and refugees
  • International trade relations and WTO
  • Gender studies from the point of view of development and international relations
  • Global health
  • Environmental international issues

Some figures

The Library gives access today to:

  • 350 000 volumes
  • 650 specialised journals
  • 685 specialised monographic series
  • 3 500 films
  • Online resources (databases, electronic periodicals, e-books, etc.)


The Library is a member of the following associations and networks:

  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)
  • Bibliothèque Information Suisse (BIS)
  • Network of Swiss Development Documentation Centres (NEDS)
  • Association of International Librarians and Information Specialists (AILIS)
  • Association pour la sauvegarde de la mémoire audiovisuelle suisse (Memoriav)


The Institute thanks Mrs Kathryn Davis, our alumna who passed away in 2013, for financing the library which bears her husband’s name and her name.

Our thanks also go to Loterie Romande for its contribution to the library’s equipment.