Public services

Reference service

For all your questions concerning research in our collections, you can:

  • Ask your question by e-mail:
  • Contact us by telephone, Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm, on +41 21 692 49 11
  • You can arrange a meeting with one of our experts for an introduction to our collections and our databases
  • If you are on site at the Institute, ask for a reference librarian available upon request at the reception desk

Email enquiries can only be dealt with if they require short, specific answers. For example, we can:

  • Locate documents
  • Advise on the contents of our collections
  • Verify bibliographic citation information
  • Identify legal acronyms and abbreviations

Important reminder: Requests for legal advice and enquiries concerning legal information are to be addressed exclusively to our secretariat.

Interlibrary loan and Document Delivery


The Library of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law is a so-called "consultation library". This means that no books can be borrowed. Nevertheless, recognising the need for mutual assistance, we do provide Interlibrary (PEB/ILL).

For loans destined abroad, The delivery costs are covered by the requesting library. The fees are to be paid exclusively with IFLA Vouchers.

We can lend documents from our collections to libraries proposing ILL, with the exception of the following:

  • Reference books
  • Periodicals
  • Loose leafs
  • Ancient books
  • Certain rare books (usually irreplaceable in the event of loss, i.e. some works from Latin America, Asia, Africa)

You can contact us by email at the following address: or by telephone +41 21 692 49 11.

ISIL Code : CH-000016-8


For extracts of our documents, the sending of photocopies is possible for the following fee: for foreign libraries, one ILFA coupon per article or per contribution in a collective work, regardless of the number of pages.

Partial scanning requests are made by way of the Swisscovery account at the indicated fee (see borrow/ask for documents).

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Work space reservation

The Institute offers researchers the possibility of reserving a workplace in the library.

The work space reservation is possible for every Swiss and foreign student and researcher in Law. Please contact our supporting research services.