Loan service closing on December 2nd

On December 7 2020, the Institute’s Library will join the new network of the Swiss scientific and academic libraries, the Swiss Library Service Plateform (SLSP), along with more than 470 other libraries. From this date on, our print collections and electronic resources to which we subscribe will only be accessible through the search engine of this new platform: swisscovery.

As we speak, 30 million bibliographic references are migrating to the new platform. This transition phase has already resulted in a limitation of some services as we prepare for the phasing out of the current RERO catalogue.

For the final stage of the transition, the loan service will be closed from December 2nd (6pm) until the morning of December 7. You will no longer be able to borrow documents or renew them. The RERO Explore catalogue will remain available during that time.

We would also like to remind you that you can pre-register your account for the new catalogue by following the instructions posted previously.

The Library is aware of the impact these limitations may have on your academic activities during this transition period and apologises for the inconvenience these may cause.


Illustration: SLSP, based on PXFuel royalty-free stock photo

Book of the Week: “The UN Human Rights Council: A Practical Anatomy” by Eric Tistounet

Since its establishment the work of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been subject to many interpretations, theories, comments or conclusions. This comprehensive book dissects every aspect of the UNHRC’s work and analyses the efficiency of, and interactions between, its mechanisms.

Authored by the first Secretary of the UNHRC, this book provides unique practitioner insights into the complex decision making processes of the Council alongside the core variations from its predecessor.

Publisher: Cheltenham ; Northampton : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
Call Number: 342.7 HEIA 127072


Event: Book launch at the Geneva Academy on Tuesday, 20 October, 12:30-14:00, on-site and online

Illustration: book cover

Some services drastically limited due to the migration of the library catalogue (Oct. 23 – Dec. 7)

On December 7 2020, the Institute’s Library will join the new network of the Swiss scientific and academic libraries, the Swiss Library Service Plateform (SLSP), along with more than 470 other libraries. From this date on, our print collections and electronic resources to which we subscribe will only be accessible through the search engine of this new platform: swisscovery. The current RERO Explore will be disabled.

Between October 23 and December 7, 30 million bibliographic references will migrate to the new platform. This transition phase will result in a limitation of some services such as requests for:

  • Interlibrary loans
  • New acquisition suggestions

Loans and returns will still be possible. The RERO Explore catalogue will remain available during that time.

The Library is aware of the impact these limitations may have on your academic activities during this transition period and apologises for the inconvenience these may cause.


Illustration: swisscovery logo