Loan Service Reopening on Monday!

The Library’s loan desk will reopen for the Graduate Institute community only (students, staff and researchers) on Monday, 11 May.

The loan desk will be accessible from Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00. Your Graduate Institute student/staff card will be required to enter the building.

To borrow documents, you must first reserve them by using our new form. They will be stored for pickup at the loan desk on the next working day.

The interlibrary loan service will also reopen with limited service (depending on ILL activity in partner libraries).

The reading room remains closed, and access to the printers/copiers is impossible. If you have a personal locker in the Library, you will be allowed to access it to retrieve your items.

Book Scanning & the COVID-19 Outbreak

A new addition has been made to our current services to offset the COVID-19 crisis effects on your studies and research. We are starting a scan-on-demand service for the Graduate Institute Library’s printed holdings (on a trial basis and within the limits of our resources).

Please note that copyright law forbids us from scanning and sharing whole books. Our staff can only scan relevant chapters or articles you may need up to a limit of 3 chapters (100 pages). 

How to request a scan

For book chapters, please send an e-mail to library@graduateinstitute.ch indicating the title of the book, its call numbers as found on RERO Explore, and the chapters or pages you would need scanned.

For journal articles, please send an e-mail to library@graduateinstitute.ch specifying the title of the journal, its call number (usually “P ./…”) the volume and issue, and the title of the article.

You should receive the requested chapters or articles within 2 working days.


Illustration (cropped and edited): Elizabeth Clark / Interval (CC By 2.0)

Introducing the Virtual Library Infodesk

Starting today, you can speak with a Librarian about any questions or issues you have during the interruption of our regular services.

From Monday to Friday, you can connect on our permanent Meet channel:

  • Mornings, from 09:00 to 12:00
  • Afternoons, from 13:30 to 16:30

You can also obviously still contact us via e-mail at library@graduateinstitute.ch with any questions, which we will answer during office hours.