Use the Library

New student or visitor? Learn how to better use the Library.

All the information you need to know about our loan conditions, scan-on-demand, bubble reservations, VPN, Wi-Fi, multifunction printers, lockers, etc.

!!! Interlibrary Loan and Suggest a purchase services will be drastically limited due to the migration of the library catalogue (Oct. 23 – Dec. 7) !!!

Pick-up a book service for external users

The Library offers its external users the opportunity to pick up and return documents at the reception of the Graduate Institute (Petal 1, ground floor. Monday to Friday, 11am to 4:30pm).

To borrow books, please fill the request form.

External users who wish to keep borrowed books that have already been renewed three times, please contact us at to make an appointment.


Discover how to check out documents and other services available at the loan desk:

Suggest a Purchase

Place a request:

Between 23 October and 7 December, due to the migration of the library catalogue, new acquisitions will be drastically limited.

Other options we suggest to save time:


Need a team working place? Reserve one of our seven bubbles:

  • for the Graduate Institute community only
  • same day or next day only
  • for four hours maximum
  • One reservation per day

Check availability first (on-campus or with a VPN). Please use Chrome, Edge or Safari (the interface does not work on some Firefox versions)

Library map with bubbles location

  • no eating in the bubbles
  • reservation requests must be placed at least half an hour in advance
  • an updated student card is required to enter bubbles
Team Working Spaces


Graduate Institute community only


  • E-mail delivery of articles and chapters of printed documents from our holdings which are not available online
  • Delivery time: within two working days

Order restrictions

  • Graduate Institute community not in Geneva only
  • Requests must be made through a Graduate Institute e-mail address. Please provide the call numbers of requested documents
  • Maximum order : articles or chapters (100 pages maximum)

Place your order at

VPN and Remote Access

Access the Library's e-resources on your own computer away from campus through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.

For the Graduate Institute community only.


Different networks for different user profiles:

  • IHEID_AUTH: Graduate Institute community
  • eduroam: worldwide university students
  • free personal WI-FI access at the Service Desk: visitors
+41 22 908 44 44

Multifunction Printers

Four multifunction printers for copying, printing and scanning.


The Graduate Institute community uses the machines with its multi-services card; a credit is awarded per programme and per semester.

Visitors may buy a CHF 10 (100 copies) reloadable photocopy card at the loan desk.

A3 copying is available for the visually impaired.


The Graduate Institute community uses the machines with its multi-services card; a printing credit is given per programme and per semester.

The Graduate Institute community can also print from a Wi-Fi connected laptop (mobile printing).

A3 printing is available for the visually impaired.

Visitors cannot print.


Scanning is free and does not require a user card.


The Graduate Institute community can also print from a Wi-Fi connected laptop (mobile printing)

Printing/Copying fees

The following fees are applicable to printed pages and photocopies:


Single-sided black/white - CHF 0.10
Double-sided black/white - CHF 0.15
Single-sided colour - CHF 0.20
Double-sided colour - CHF 0.30


Single-sided black/white - CHF 0.20
Double-sided black/white - CHF 0.30
Single-sided colour - CHF 0.40
Double-sided colour - CHF 0.60




The Graduate Institute students can use one of the 150 lockers provided at the library for a CHF 50 deposit. 

Keys can be retrieved from the accounting service (Comptabilité, petal 1, level 4), Mon-Fri, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Locker occupation is limited to a single academic year. An e-mail will be sent to locker owners to inform them of the required release date. 

Please use lockers with respect and common sense:

  • do not store perishable food for an excessive amount of time

  • do not store books without first registering them at the loan desk

Work Places

  • 330 study seats

  • Seven group study rooms, a.k.a. "bubbles"

  • A computer lab (16 computers)

  • The Davis Lounge, a comfortable space where you can chat and relax

The Recycling LIbrary

An initiative by the Graduate Institute Environmental Committee (EC) in collaboration with the Library.

Current Recycling Library Catalogue and Instructions




The Recycling Library
The Recycling Library

What is it?