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How to use the Library loan service at the Graduate Institute

Coronavirus: Information Concerning our Loan Conditions

Exams session: 12-20 June, extended opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 8am-11pm
Saturday, 9am-11pm
Sunday, 9am-7pm (Graduate Institute community only)

  • The Library is open to external users to borrow and return books.
  • Due to the COVID situation and the exam period, work places are exclusively reserved to the Graduate Institute community with control of multi-service cards.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times in the Library, including at study seats and in the bubbles.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and remain at your disposal. Should you need assistance?

Information Concerning the SLSP Library Network Launch

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.

As a result of this transition, our library has left the RERO network and replaced the discovery tool with swisscovery.


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.

Existing RERO user data will not be migrated to swisscovery. This includes your personal information as well as reservations and loan history.

New Loan Conditions

  • All 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)

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 will happen to my current account?

As of December 7, 2020, you will no longer be able to use your current reader account to access the Library loan services.

However, you will still be able to continue to consult your old reader account, in particular if you borrowed documents before December 7. These documents will remain visible in your old account until you return them. You will continue to receive reminders and statement fees from your old account until you have returned all the documents in your old account, even if you have been using your new SLSP account since December 7.

Your old reader account will be definitively closed in March 2021.

  • Why are my reservations and my borrowing history not migrated to swisscovery?

Unfortunately, migration of reservations and borrowing histories to the new system is not possible due to technical and privacy policy reasons. You will be able to start reserving documents in swisscovery from 7 December 2020.

  • 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.

Parcel Address

Documents can be sent back by post to the following address:

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Library
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
CH-1202 Geneva