Anti-racism and the Library

The death of George Floyd has led to a worldwide mobilisation against racism. The the initiative Black Conversations and the GISA Graduate Institute Student Association board have compiled an anti-racist reading list, including some resources available in the Graduate Institute library and other libraries in Geneva. Our colleague Catherine Brendow, subject librarian for political science, explains how to access them.

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Limited reopening of the Library on June 8

The Library reading room will reopen on Monday, 8 June. Access remains restricted to Graduate Institute staff and students only. Opening times are Monday-Friday, 09:00-20:00, until the end of the semester.

Social distancing measures are still applicable: the group study bubbles will remain closed, as well as the Davis lounge and the computer lab. The number of admissions in the reading room will be limited.

External users who need to return books may call through the interphone on the door of Petal 1 from 09:00 to 16:00. They will not be able to borrow new titles or access the reading room.

For more information, please check our website:

E-book of the week: “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America”, by Jody David Armour

“Racism and racial discrimination are blights on the glory of American democracy. They wither hopes, dreams and ambitions of millions of Americans. Left unchecked, they pose the greatest internal threat to this nation’s peace and prosperity. To remove them, we must first expose them, not allowing them to hide behind the calculators and pocket protectors of “rational discriminators” or beneath the robes of judges and senators. Then we must gain deeper insights into our unconscious, habitual responses to stereotyped groups, finding ways to break bad habits and answer the call of what Abraham Lincoln called the “higher angels of our nature.”

Publisher: New York University Press, 1997

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.