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Borrowing Limits

Each person in a membership may borrow six books in total at a time. Single Members may take two Non-Renewable books, 2-Person Families three, and Full Families four. Members under 16 years are not permitted to borrow Non-Renewable books. ('Non-Renewable' books are those recently added to the Library and so which we expect to be in demand.)

Loan Period

Books are loaned for four weeks. 'Non-Renewable' books, travel guides and books which have been reserved by another member cannot be renewed. All other books can be renewed for up to two further four-week periods. Renewals run from the date the book is renewed. Books can be renewed in person in the Library or by telephone (+41 (0)22 732 8097) during the Library's opening hours preferably before the date they are due.


Library books which are currently on loan can be reserved free of charge; you will be notified as soon as they are available. Please request this service at the desk.

See the Rules and Regulations for more details.

Types of Membership

 Type Description Duration Cost (CHF) Over 62s*
 Family (1) Parents with dependant children and au pair  1 year  175  140
 6 months  125  95
 Family (2) Two family members  1 year  135  115
 6 months  100  85
Single Member Card holder only, not transferable  1 year  115  100
 6 months  85  70
 Student Children, full-time students up to 25 and interns†  1 year  80
 6 months  60
 One Month One month membership (a refundable deposit of CHF 50 must be paid)  1 month  50

* In a family membership, the “over 62” discount applies when any member attains 62 years. †Student memberships are available for children and full-time students up to and including age 25. Secondary and university students should present a valid student card. Members of the Geneva Interns Association who show a current armband can also benefit from this price.