Public services


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

  • Ask your question by email.

  • Contact us Live Chat  :available Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 7pm.

  • Contact us by telephone during our business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 7pm : 00 41 21 692 49 11.

  • If you are on site at the Institute, ask for a reference librarian will be available upon request at the reception desk.

  • You can also make an appointment with one of our experts for an introduction to our collections and our databases.

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 and International Loans (ILL).

The costs induced by international loans are to be carried by the requesting library. The fees are to be paid exclusively with IFLA Vouchers.

We can lend documents from our collections, with the exception of the following :

  • Reference books  

  • Periodicals

  • Loose leafs

  • Ancient books

  • Certain rare books (hardly replaceable in the event of loss, i.e. some works from Latin America, Asia, Africa)

Document Delivery

For all our documents, copies can be sent via e-mail within 24 hours. The fees applied are as follows:  

  • For Foreign libraries, one full IFLA Voucher per article or per contribution in a collective work.

You can contact us by telephone (+4121- 692 49 11) or by email at the following address:

We also take part in the Service ILL RERO open to Swiss and Foreign libraries. The registration form is available online


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 see our supporting research services