Using our services

Borrowing and consultation

To borrow a document, extend a loan, etc., you need to be in possession of a valid card. This personal and non-transferable card allows you to borrow from all the sites of the UNIGE Library as well as from other libraries of the Geneva library network and BibliOpass. If you do not have a card yet, please register now!

All documents whose status is available can be borrowed. By consulting Explore Geneva, you can find out if the document is Available or Not available.

Documents borrowed by another user may be reserved. Documents wich cannot be found in the Geneva libraries can be requested via the interlibrary loan (ILL) services.

On-site consultation of documents is open to all. A large part of the collections is in free access.
For certain collections, only on-site consultation and by appointment is allowed :

Extend a loan

Requests cans be made :

Documents cannot be reserved by another user. Remember to extend your loan in good time !

How to extend a loan online ?

Return documents

The following documents can be returned at the various UNIGE Library sites ????:

  • documents of the UNIGE Library
  • documents borrowed outside the canton of Geneva from a member institution of the RERO network.

All other documents must be returned where you borrowed them.

Reserve a document

Only documents loaned to another reader can be reserved.

You canreserve documents online or by going to the loan desks of the UNIGE libraries.

How to reserve a document online ?

Ask for a document from the stacks

In Explore Geneva, only the documents from the stacks which are labelled "Request" can be managed through the internet / ordered remotely????.

Those which are not labelled must be ordered at the desk of the relevant library.

How to order a document from the stacks ?

Borrowing conditions

UNIGE students, collaborators, external lecturers (users?)

Number of documents allowed

20 from all libraries together
Standard length of loan
28 days
Extension 3 extensions of 28 days each - if the document has not been reserved

Note : the fee for overdue documents is CHF 0.50 per day and per document (for documents labelled "seminar" the fee is CHF 2.- per day). For over 3 weeks delay, administrative costs are applied and permission to borrow is withdrawn..

Don't forget to extend the loan of your documents!

UNIGE Library charges CHF 30.- administrative fees per dossier in addition to the cost of replacing the document and a fine.

Teaching staff
Number of documents allowed 40 from all libraries together
Standard length of loan Fixed at the end of the university semester; 28 days guaranteed. Documents may be ordered even if it has reserved by another lecturer/user???
Prolongation Not available

Note : the fee for overdue documents is CHF 0.50 per day and per document (for documents labelled "seminar" the fee is CHF 2.- per day). For over 3 weeks delay, administrative costs are applied and permission to borrow is withdrawn.

UNIGE Library charges CHF 30.- administrative fees per dossier in addition to the cost of replacing the document and a fine.