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Collection Development Policies

Information for faculty and students regarding the collection development policies of the Graduate Institute Library

Film Collection

The audiovisual collection consists of about 3'500 DVDs of documentary and fiction films which enrich and complete the Library's printed collections. It follows a specific thematic classification.

Main subjects

  • Biopics
  • World economy
  • Economic, sustainable and social development
  • Environment
  • Global migration
  • Anthropology
  • Conflicts and crises
  • Gender studies
  • Health
  • History of nation, states and societies


General selection criteria

  • Relevance of content
  • Informative and pedagogical value
  • Analytical and descriptive level of treatment
  • Aesthetic qualities
  • Reputation
  • Film origin

Reference sources

  • Cinema knowledge
  • Existing collections knowledge
  • Specialised media
  • Film festival programmes
  • Course catalogue
  • Film purchase proposals


Acquisition languages

  • Bilingualism for English and French films
  • English subtitles for resources in another language if no bilingual version

Format criteria

  • DVD region code 2
  • DVD region code 1 if unavailable code 2
  • No Blu-ray discs
  • No Videotapes

Additional remarks

  • No Television programme recording
  • Donations are accepted if they respect the collection development policy
  • Worn-out DVDs will be purchased again as long as they were often borrowed and their content remains relevant
  • DVDs considered obsolete can be deselected