Use the Library

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

Suggest a Purchase

Place a request:

Other options we suggest to save time:


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

  • for the Geneva Graduate Institute community only
  • same day or next 2 days only
  • 4 hours maximum per day
  • no eating in the bubbles, only covered drinks allowed
  • your updated multi-service card is required to enter the bubbles

Please show consideration to others working outside these rooms as noise still travels and can cause disturbance.

Find out how to proceed.

Library map with bubbles location

Team Working Spaces



  • 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 Geneva Graduate Institute community only.


Different networks for different user profiles:

  • IHEID_AUTH: Geneva Graduate Institute community
  • eduroam: worldwide university students
  • free WI-FI access for visitors at the main reception of the Maison de la paix (Petal 1)
+41 22 908 44 44

Multifunction Printers

Four multifunction printers for copying, printing and scanning.


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

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

A3 copying is available for the visually impaired.


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

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

A3 printing is available for the visually impaired.

External visitors cannot print (photocopying and scanning only).


Scanning is free and does not require a user card per se.


The Geneva Graduate Institute community can also print from a Wi-Fi connected device (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 Geneva 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 equipped with EViews, IBM SPSS, MATLAB, NVivo, Pajek, R, RStudio, Scientific WorkPlace, Stata)

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

The Fab

La Fabrique de la paix, or “The Fab”, is the Institute’s innovation lab, a creative and safe space that promotes and showcases collaborative solutions for the world of today and tomorrow.