The United Nations Library in Geneva

Welcome, Graduate Institute students! The UN Library is open not just to staff and diplomats, but also to students and independent researchers. 

Its collections comprise more than 1,500,000 physical volumes, as well as electronic resources that include 70 databases and 70,000 e-journals, centered around subjects relevant to the Graduate Institute curriculum: international relations, international law, human rights, migration and refugee studies, the environment, economics and social sciences, just to name a few!

Students can also consult a wealth of resources that attract researchers from around the world: an exhaustive collection of UN documents (more than 4,000,000 documents in the six official UN languages), the Archives of the League of Nations and the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, and historic government publications.

More than 40,000 people use the UN Library every year – 49% from the UN system, 44% students and researchers, and 7% diplomats. UN Geneva librarians answer roughly 19,000 questions a year, and the Library’s 26 online thematic resource guides were consulted more than 70,000 times in 2018 alone.

The UN Library Geneva was originally founded as the Library of the League of Nations in 1919 and then transferred to the United Nations in 1946. In 2019, the UN Library will kick off its centenary celebration with activities that highlight its history, collections and services. Students are encouraged to join in the festivities!

Guided tours, information, questions

Public events organised by the Library

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