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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

How to use the interlibrary loan service at the Graduate Institute

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The item cannot be sent directly through SLSP Courier, so request an interlibrary loan:

  1. Go to swisscovery and sign in with your Switch edu-ID account.

  2. In the top banner, click on "Interlibrary Loan" to open the order form.

  3. Type the information about the desired document as accurately as possible. The "pickup location / preferred location" field is automatically filled in.

  4. Click on the button "Send Request".
  5. You will be notified by email when the ordered document is available.


  • lt can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get an interlibrary loan.
  • The lending library sets the duration and conditions and an interlibrary loan is generally not renewable.


Requester Provenance of the document Book Article or chapter
Member of the Graduate Institute community All provenances, pick up at the Graduate Institute Library desk Free* Free*
SLSP Libraries, Mail delivery at home or work address** 12 CHF 5 CHF***
External user SLSP Libraries, via the Courier Service, pick up at the Graduate Institute Library desk 6 CHF 5 CHF***
SLSP Libraries, Mail delivery at home or work address** 12 CHF
Switzerland 12 CHF
Europe 24 CHF 8 CHF***


United Kingdom and other countries 36 CHF

* Provided that the order has been made according to the procedures explained above
** Service available at some SLSP institutions
*** Up to 20 pages, then 2.50 CHF for each additional 20 pages


  • All fines are managed by the lending libraries.
  • A fee of 10 CHF is charged for any non-collected request.