Use the Library

New student or visitor? Learn
how to better use the Library.

All the information you need to know about our loan conditions, scan-on-demand, bubble reservations, VPN, Wi-Fi, multifunction printers, lockers, etc.



Within the limits of our resources.

  • E-mail delivery of articles and chapters of printed documents from our holdings which are not available online
  • Colour scans are only produced if key information would be lost in a black-and-white scan
  • Delivery time: within two working days

Order restrictions

  • Requests must be made through a Graduate Institute e-mail address. Please provide the call numbers of requested documents
  • Copyright law forbids us from scanning and sharing whole books, therefore a maximum of three articles or chapters will be copied and delivered from printed works such as journals and books, provided that this volume does not constitute more than a third of the journal or book. This must not exceed a maximum of 100 pages
  • The following documents are excluded from a copy delivery:
    • Books from special holdings, e.g. Rare Books
    • Archival holdings

Place your order at


Discover how to check out documents and other services
available at the loan desk:

Coronavirus: information concerning the loan conditions:

  • External users are able to return books by checking in at the Reception (use the intercom at the entrance of Petal 1), Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm

  • Do not hesitate to contact us at

Suggest a Purchase


Place a request:

Other options we suggest to save time:


Need a team working place? Reserve one of our seven bubbles:

  • for the Graduate Institute community only
  • same day or next day only
  • MAXIMUM two users
  • for four hours maximum
  • One reservation per day

Check availability first (on-campus or with a VPN)

Library map with bubbles location

  • no eating in the bubbles
  • reservation requests must be placed at least half an hour in advance
  • an updated student card is required to enter bubbles
Team Working Spaces


Graduate Institute community only


Different networks for different user profiles:

  • IHEID_AUTH: Graduate Institute community
  • eduroam: worldwide university students
  • free personal WI-FI access at the Service Desk: visitors
+41 22 908 44 44

VPN and Remote Access

Access the Library's e-resources on your own computer away from campus through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.

For the Graduate Institute community only.

Multifunction Printers

Four multifunction printers for copying, printing and scanning.


The Graduate Institute community uses the machines with its multi-services card; a credit is awarded per programme and per semester.

Visitors may buy a CHF 10 (100 copies) reloadable photocopy card at the loan desk.

A3 copying is available for the visually impaired.


The Graduate Institute community uses the machines with its multi-services card; a printing credit is given per programme and per semester.

The Graduate Institute community can also print from a Wi-Fi connected laptop (mobile printing).

A3 printing is available for the visually impaired.

Visitors cannot print.


Scanning is free and does not require a user card.


The Graduate Institute community can also print from a Wi-Fi connected laptop (mobile printing)

Printing/Copying fees

The following fees are applicable to printed pages and photocopies:


Single-sided black/white - CHF 0.10
Double-sided black/white - CHF 0.15
Single-sided colour - CHF 0.20
Double-sided colour - CHF 0.30


Single-sided black/white - CHF 0.20
Double-sided black/white - CHF 0.30
Single-sided colour - CHF 0.40
Double-sided colour - CHF 0.60




The Graduate Institute students can use one of the 150 lockers provided at the library for a CHF 50 deposit. 

Keys can be retrieved from the accounting service (Comptabilité, petal 1, level 4), Mon-Fri, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Locker occupation is limited to a single academic year. An e-mail will be sent to locker owners to inform them of the required release date. 

Please use lockers with respect and common sense:

  • do not store perishable food for an excessive amount of time

  • do not store books without first registering them at the loan desk

Work Places

  • 330 study seats

  • Seven group study rooms, a.k.a. "bubbles" (five seats each)

  • A PhD Corner (level 1, 25 work places, 25 numbered shelves reserved for semestrial internal loan

  • A computer lab (16 computers)

  • The Davis Lounge, a comfortable space where you can chat and relax

The Recycling LIbrary

An initiative by the Graduate Institute Environmental Committee (EC) in collaboration with the Library.

Current Recycling Library Catalogue and Instructions




The Recycling Library
The Recycling Library

What is it?