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OPENING HOURS

 

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Books sent by post on request
Reserve books by phone, email or on the member’s sectio of our website

Tél : 022 310 67 46

bibliotheque@societe-de-lecture.ch

Our librarians know you.

 

Our librarians take the time to get to know you. They remember your interests and taste in books. They help you find what you are looking for, and suggest titles that they think you might enjoy. You can get in touch with them by email – they look forward to helping and advising you.

maxime.canals@societe-de-lecture.ch
christiane.bernadac@societe-de-lecture.ch 

clea.marcuard@societe-de-lecture.ch

A brief chronology

 

1818

Our founders donate books from their personal libraries

Our founders donate books from their personal libraries

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1819

The library subscribes to 92 periodicals

The library subscribes to 92 periodicals

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1820

The collection of Geneva brochures is created, 5,400 titles to date

The collection of Geneva brochures is created, 5,400 titles to date

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1839

Pastor Louis Segond catalogues the 30,000 volumes in our collection

Pastor Louis Segond catalogues the 30,000 volumes in our collection

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1853

Eugène Sue himself donates a copy of his novel Le Juif errant

Eugène Sue himself donates a copy of his novel Le Juif errant

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1862

Henry Dunant donates a first-edition copy of his book Souvenir de Solférino

Henry Dunant donates a first-edition copy of his book Souvenir de Solférino

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1876

The Société hires its first librarian, Louis Montchal. Léon Bloy later dedicates The Desperate Manto him

The Société hires its first librarian, Louis Montchal. Léon Bloy later dedicates The Desperate Manto him

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1923

Victor Marguerite’sLa garçonnecauses a scandal in France, but enters the collection nonetheless

Victor Marguerite’sLa garçonnecauses a scandal in France, but enters the collection nonetheless

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1954

A committee is formed to select new books for the library

A committee is formed to select new books for the library

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1975

The first issue of Plume au vent is published

The first issue of Plume au vent is published

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1988

The library’s catalogue is digitised

The library’s catalogue is digitised

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2005

The Geneva Room is created, featuring 2,500 books about Geneva across disciplines

The Geneva Room is created, featuring 2,500 books about Geneva across disciplines

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2011

The librarians begin organising thematic exhibitions

The librarians begin organising thematic exhibitions

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2014

A children’s section is created on the 3rd floor

A children’s section is created on the 3rd floor

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2017

WiFi is installed throughout the building

WiFi is installed throughout the building

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2019

A new photography section is created, and borrowing goes online

A new photography section is created, and borrowing goes online

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These and many other stories and anecdotes from the library’s long, fascinating history are recounted in a commemorative book published on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Société, available at the library (ref. 0.3 SDL)