Public services

Reference

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

  • Ask your question by email or contact us on Live Chat 

  • Contact us by telephone during our business hours, Monday to Friday from 8am to 12pm and from 2pm to 7pm on 00 41 21 692 49 11.

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

  • 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

Loans

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 delivery costs of international loans are covered 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 (usually irreplaceable in the event of loss, i.e. some works from Latin America, Asia, Africa)



Photocopies

For all our documents, photocopies can be sent subject to the following fees:

  • For Foreign libraries, one full IFLA Voucher per article or per contribution in a collective work, regardless of the number of pages.

You can contact us by telephone (+4121- 692 49 11) or by email at the following address: illla87@isdc-dfjp.unil.ch.

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