Document supply service (ILL)

For users: order documents outside Geneva (SLSP Courier & ILL)

It is possible to obtain from another library, Swiss or foreign, documents (physical books, theses, copies of articles or chapters) that are not available in the UNIGE Library.

Preconditions

  • Register on the SLSP platform via a SWITCH edu-ID account
  • This service is reserved for members of the UNIGE/HUG community or residents in Switzerland.
  • All reproductions, regardless of their provenance, are issued for the sole purpose of research or studies, devoid of any commercial purpose. By checking the box on the order form, the requester agrees to comply with the Federal Act on Copyright and Related Rights (CopA). According to the CopA, the full copy of a book or of a journal issue is prohibited.
  • This service is not available to commercial user or companies.
  • By completing the ILL request form, the requester charges the pickup library to order the document from another library. He or she therefore undertakes to come and collect the document quickly and to respect the loan or consultation conditions.

Order a book, a thesis

If the document is available in the swisscovery catalog and can be requested directly ("SLSP Courier" service):

  1. Go to swisscovery and log in with your Switch edu-ID account.
  2. Search for the desired document in the catalog by selecting the "swisscovery" or "swisscovery plus" search scope (by default, the search scope is "swisscovery UNIGE").
  3. In the list of results, click on the desired title to access the details of the reference.
  4. In this new window, under "Further request options", choose a pickup location (in "Pickup Institution", choose "Université de Genève" and in "Pickup Library", the pickup location of your choice) to display the best offer. Click on the button "Request".
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  5. If necessary, enter the desired volume and a comment and click on "Send request".
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  6. You will be notified by email when the ordered document is available.

If the document is available in the swisscovery catalog but cannot be requested directly, or,
If the document is not available in the swisscovery catalog:

  1. Go to swisscovery and log in with your Switch edu-ID account.
  2. In the top banner, click on « Interlibrary Loan/Digitization » to open the order form.
  3. Fill in the information about the desired document as accurately as possible and select a pickup location.
  4. Click on the button « Send Request ».
  5. You will be notified by email when the ordered document is available.

Order an article, a chapter

  1. Go to swisscovery and log in with your Switch edu-ID account.
  2. Check if the document is not available at the UNIGE Library by a search in swisscovery or, from the DOI or PMID of the document, via the "Find a reference" form.
  3. Open the "Interlibrary Loan/Digitization" form in the top banner and check "Article/Chapter".
  4. If you have the DOI or PMID of the document, fill in this identifier in the field provided and click on "Auto fill" to retrieve the rest of the reference. If not, fill in the information about the desired document as accurately as possible.
  5. Choose the library that will process the request in "Pickup/Preferred location".
  6. Click on the button "Send request".
  7. The scanned documents are delivered by email to the address indicated in your Switch edu-ID account.

Fees

Requester Provenance of the document Book or Thesis
Article or Chapter
Member of the UNIGE/HUG community All provenances, pick up at a UNIGE Library desk
Free* Free*
SLSP Libraries, Mail delivery at home or work address** 12 CHF  
External user SLSP Libraries, via the Courier Service, pick up at a UNIGE Library desk 6 CHF 5 CHF***
SLSP Libraries, Mail delivery at home or work address** 12 CHF
Switzerland 12 CHF
Europa 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

*** For each 20 pages

A fee of 10 CHF is charged for any non-collected request.

Fees owed are payable by invoice only.

Timeframe, loan term, renewals and return

In general, the timeframe to obtain a document varies from 1 day to 2 weeks from the date of the request, depending on the complexity of the request, the rarity of the document, the provenance, the policies of the lending institution and the postal services.

For physical documents (books or theses), the loan period varies. The loan term is communicated to you at the time the document is borrowed. It is important to respect this due date. Fines are owed for any document returned late.

It is sometimes possible to extend a document obtained on interlibrary loan. To do so, contact the library that processed your request before the initial term (see contacts beside).

Documents obtained through interlibrary loan (including within the SLSP network) must be returned to their pickup location.