Ville de Genève


Mise à jour: 19.05.2016

Libraries and bookshops

Geneva has over 200 libraries with approximately 8.3 million books on international, scientific, and various specialised themes, many of which are written in English.

To rent English books in Geneva, contact one of the libraries suggested below:

Librairie «Off the shelf» -
The library offers a full mail-order service, as well as special programmes for teachers, students, companies and book clubs. Clients can order books 24/7 via their online bookshop.

The Library in English -
Opened in 1930, this English-language lending library has about 12 000 books, including best-sellers, books for children, and audio books on CD.

Municipal Libraries exist in practically every city neighbourhood. These lending and reference libraries provide a selection of books, magazines, and newspapers in English and many other languages, for adults and children.

Bibliothèque de Genè

The Geneva Library and its affiliates play an essential role in preserving Geneva’s cultural heritage and making it readily available to the local and international community.

The English Library at the University of Geneva contains many English-language monographs and periodicals.

Bibliothèque du Centre d'Art Contemporain Genè
Collection of documents dealing with 20th century art, especially the period from 1950 to the present-day. Strictly for reference purposes only.

Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie du Musée d’art et d’
Library and Media Centre containing textual, graphic and audio-visual records related to arts, numismatics, horology, archaeology and architecture.


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