Finding your course readings

Welcome, new students! As a new academic year is starting, you might be wondering where to find the readings for your courses. Here are a few starting tips on finding documents in the Library and online.


In Switzerland, professors can share pretty much anything they need on the Institute’s Moodle platform. Your teaching assistant has probably uploaded all the required readings there, so check it out. But there are other options, especially if you would like to read the rest of the book from which a specific article was taken.

Books on reserve

Professors and TAs can ask the librarians to put mandatory readings “on reserve”. These books are then excluded from loan and can only be consulted in the Library. Books on reserve are all located on the 2nd level, between the Law collection and the DVDs, and bear a red sticker.


Their record on the RERO Explore Geneva catalogue should indicate “En séminaire” as the book location, and you can actually search for reserved books by course after clicking “Séminaire” or “Reserve” in the Explore main menu.



We often purchase digital rather than physical versions of mandatory readings: these allow multiple people to access them. All our e-books are referenced in RERO Explore, and most of them do not require a password – but you’ll need to set up a VPN connection if you’re trying to access them from home.

GISA-EC Recycling Library

Some of you really want to work on printed versions of their readings. To reduce the waste, the GISA Environmental Committee is collecting used printouts of required readings to allow other students to read and work on them without printing an additional copy.

These printouts are then sorted in binders located next to the “Books on reserve” section on level 2 and listed on this collaborative spreadsheet. Instructions on how to use the Recycling Library will appear next to the binders and collection pads.

Join us for (much) more information during our Library visits

Until Friday 25 September, our librarians offer daily tours of the Library followed by a presentation of our catalogue and digital resources. Join us at 12:15 near the information desk to learn things you will need for the next two years… or more!

Need more information? Visit our web pages to keep yourself informed and updated – most answers to your questions can be found there – or simply ask a librarian.

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