The current health situation requires us to limit the number of library users to 30 per day. 

The opening hours of the library are 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

It is possible that these hours cannot be maintained in the case of sickness absence or quarantine of our staff.

Should you wish to come to the institute, please register the days of the week that you will be present, your email address and your telephone number. If there are places available on Doodle, your registration will be automatically validated. Please notify us in case of any changes.


Week 46 – 9/11 au 14/11/2020 
Week 47 – 16/11 au 21/11/2020 
Week 48 – 23/11 au 28/11/2020

We thank you in advance for following this procedure and ask you to register only those days on which you will be present: please do not block a time slot which could be used by someone else!

Please note : the wearing of a mask is compulsory at all times. Clean your hands regularly and keep your distance from others.

Thank you for your understanding and your vigilance. Take care!


SICL Library

A library with an international presence, offering :

  • a personalized welcome (Welcome Center)
  • a team of specialist librarians who are able to work in a multitude of languages and are ready to provide you with research assistance
  • collections of legal works from countries all around the globe
  • a research tool offering allowing you to discover our paper resources and online catalogue
  • modern technical equipment
  • the possibility of reserving a work space and to work outside of opening hours
  • pleasant natural surroundings, close to Lake Geneva and the Alps

Accessible to : anyone wishing to carry out research in foreign or international law.

A Library with a national presence, managing all of the law libraries of the Swiss Confederation :

  • since 2009, the SICL is the local coordinator for federal institutions (Federal Tribunal, Federal Criminal Tribunal, Federal Administrative Tribunal) within RERO
  • since 2010, the management of the Federal Office of Justice’s library collection in Bern has been taken over by SICL

SICL Library Rules


Reception Desk : +41 (0)21 692 49 11
Welcome Center : +41 (0)21 692 49 38
Reference service : +41 (0)21 692 49 23   /
Interlibrary loan : +41(0)21 692 49 13   /

Library opening hours :   Monday to Friday   8:00 - 17:00   /   Saturday   10:00 - 17:00

Reference service :   Monday to Friday   09:00 - 12:00   /   14:00 - 17:00