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How to use the Library loan service at the Graduate Institute

The Library

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The Library welcomes everyone interested in its unique collection on international relations and development.


The Library has joined the new SLSP library network, which includes 475 Swiss libraries.
As a Graduate Institute Library user, you now have access to the collections of these libraries.


In order to borrow books and other media via swisscovery, you need to register with SLSP via SWITCH edu-ID.
For help with the registration, please see here.

Loan Conditions

  • Standard users may borrow up to 100 documents
  • Standard loan: 28 days
  • Short loan: 7 days ("Consultatif", films, graphic novels)
  • 5 automatic renewals (if the document is not reserved by another user)

Specific loan conditions concern foreign and border residents who are not from the Graduate Institute community.

Reminders and Fees

  • 1 day after loan term: free reminder
  • 1st paying reminder
    7 days after loan term: 5 CHF per document
  • 2nd paying reminder
    14 days after loan term: an additional 5 CHF per document
  • 3rd paying reminder
    21 days after loan term: an additional 10 CHF per document

What happens with my data?

On registration, SLSP imports your personal data (names, addresses, telephone numbers, see General Privacy Statement SLSP) from your SWITCH edu-ID account into the new swisscovery research portal. Your consent to your data being passed on to SLSP is obtained during the registration process.

You can change your personal data at any time in your SWITCH edu-ID account or institution/university. The changes are automatically transmitted to swisscovery. Library specific data such as borrowed media, orders and fees are recorded directly in swisscovery.

You can delete your user account at any time, provided that there are no open transactions (borrowed media or fees). To do this, delete your SWITCH edu-ID account or contact SLSP via

Transaction data is regularly anonymised and accounts in swisscovery are erased after 10 years of inactivity.

For more information on the privacy policy and data protection refer to the SLSP website.

SLSP Courier

Many SLSP libraries are linked together by the SLSP Courier service. You can collect and return media from participating libraries at your library in the Courier network.

This service is free of charge for members of the Graduate Institute community. If you are an external user the charged fee is 6 CHF per medium (Fees table).


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

Orders from other libraries in the SLSP network are placed via the swisscovery catalogue by following this procedure.

Who is participating in SLSP Courier?

Most of the libraries of the major Swiss academic institutions offer this service. swisscovery allows you to know whether an institution is part of the network.

If your document is not in an SLSP library, request it through an interlibrary loan (ILL).

Shipping Adress (parcel)

Bibliothèque IHEID
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
1202 Genève