Geneva has about 70 libraries that are grouped together in le Réseau des bibliothèques genevoises. These consist of 51 libraries of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), 10 scientific libraries of the city of Geneva, and 10 partner libraries. Their complete listing, location, as well as any further information is available (in French) on the website of le Réseau des bibliothèques genevoises.
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The University of Geneva has a number of specialized libraries located around the city.
Apart from the University libraries there are also a number of libraries of the city of Geneva, hautes écoles spécialisés, or the various institutions and organizations located in Geneva. One of the most prominent ones is the UN Library.
UN Library: Although it lacks text books, the library has a substantial archive of UN and League of Nations documents. Due to a relatively low number of visitors it is a quiet place to study. Note that there is no wireless access at this library. To access the library, go through the UN visitor’s entrance (opposite the Red Cross headquarters), and get a temporary library pass at the security desk. Once you are in the library, ask to register for a normal library pass. Don’t forget to bring your student card and passport. While the process is easy, it can take up to 2 hours depending on how busy the library and security services are.
Internet login at IHEID: Wireless internet is available to all students with a Graduate Institute login (same username and password required for course registration, as provided in registration package). With this information it is always possible to connect to the IHEID Guest network. The Authenticated network sometimes needs to be configured manually on your computer to continue to connect automatically thereafter. This is a complicated procedure and the IT services have to approve each device’s access to the network. They provide help with the configuration at the beginning of the school year and upon request.
Printing at IHEID: Each Master student has a non-transferable quota of 500 pages per semester, each PhD student a 2000 page quota. Up to this level one is printing for free, above this level, each printed page costs CHF 0.10. To print beyond this amount, you must top-up your student card at the recharge machines outside the cafeteria with the required amount. You can consult your printing statistics on the multifunction printers.
Photocopying and Scanning: Photocopying and Scanning can also be done at the printers at the library. For a scan, you will have to swipe your student card first or enter your email address and then scan your documents. – pressing the # key when you’re done will end the scan and send it over to your Graduate Institute email address.
Lockers: The lockers at IHEID are located at the main entrance to the library. They can be rented for the semester or academic year for CHF 50.- deposit at the accounting service (on level 4). There
are 150 lockers subject to availability.