About the Library

Welcome to the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library!

    Specialised in the field of international relations and development studies, the Library offers valuable collections that reflect the disciplines taught (Anthropology and Sociology, International Economics, International History and Politics, International Law, International Relations and Political Science) and the research subjects (Economics, History, Law, Political Science, Social Sciences, etc.) at the Graduate Institute, in particular:

    • Conflict, Dispute Settlement and Peacebuilding

    • Culture, Identity and Religion

    • Democracy and Civil Society

    • Development Policies and Practices

    • Environment and Natural Resources

    • Finance and Development

    • Gender

    • Global Health

    • Governance

    • Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Action

    • International Law and International Organisations

    • Migration and Refugees

    • Trade and Economic Integration

    Our Library also serves as an indispensable partner in study, teaching and research at the Institute, providing our target groups with services, support, guides and training.

    Today, we offer expertise on essential subjects such as open access, research data management, impact metrics, citation manager software and copyright.


    The Institute expresses its deep gratitude to Mrs Kathryn Davis – our alumna who passed away in 2013  for financing the Library, which bears her name as well as that of her husband.

    We would also like to extend our thanks to the Loterie Romande for its contribution to the Library’s equipment.

    Avec le soutien de la Loterie Romande

    Some figures

    The Library gives access to:

    • 280,000 volumes
    • 97 specialised journals in print
    • 297 specialised monographic series in print
    • 3,500 films
    • Multiple online resources (databases, electronic periodicals,
      e-books, etc.)

    Règlement d'utilisation
    Collection Development Policies
    Rapports d'activité : 2017, 2018

    La Bibliothèque

    Rapport d'activité


    The Library is a member of the following associations and networks:

    • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
    • Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)
    • Bibliosuisse
    • Association of International Librarians and Information Specialists
    • Association pour la sauvegarde de la mémoire audiovisuelle suisse

    The Salon Davis

    A comfortable lounge in the reading room, which also offers:

    The Library Blog

    Resources and advice for students and researchers