Presentation | Opening hours | Registration | Borrowing a document | Searching for a document


The library of IDHEAP provides the Institute’s students and staff, as well as the public, with access to documents linked to its fields of research and teaching. The library stocks over 17,000 written works and more than 50 periodicals on all the varied aspects of public and quasi-public administration.

It also offers access to the diverse publications produced by IDHEAP itself (Cahier de l'IDHEAP, IDHEAP Working Papers, etc.).

IDHEAP’s library is Switzerland’s only specialist library in public administration. 

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Outside of these opening hours, books borrowed from IDHEAP can be returned at the Reception Desk (first floor).


By appointment:

Danielle JAVET / 021 692 68 02 / / Thursday and Friday


Should you wish to borrow documents to take home, you must register with the library. IDHEAP’s library is open to anybody who already has a reader’s card from an RERO library (Library Network of Western Switzerland). Cardholders can borrow documents from IDHEAP without any further formalities.

The following people may register with the IDHEAP library for free on presentation of a valid identity document:

  • Students, professors and other staff from IDHEAP, UNIL or the EPFL
  • Students who are currently studying with IDHEAP, UNIL or the EPFL in coordination with other universities
  • Swiss citizens living abroad
  • Frontier workers employed in the Canton of Vaud


Borrowing a document

Borrowing a document to take home requires registration with the library.

IDHEAP’s borrowing rules are similar to those of the cantonal library and the University of Lausanne’s library.

Standard borrowing rights
No. of documents: 20 documents.
Loan length: 28 days per document.
Extension: Two 28-day extensions are possible if the document has not been reserved.

Extended borrowing rights
No. of documents: 50 documents.
Loan length: Documents must be returned by the end of the university semester.
No extensions are possible.

Borrowing restrictions
Reference works, journals, dictionaries and encyclopaedia cannot be borrowed. These works may be consulted and photocopied within the library.

Documents that have already been borrowed may be reserved. The reader will receive an email message or a letter announcing the document’s availability.


Searching for a document

To find out whether a particular document is available in our library, please consult our on-line catalogue on the Vaud library network.

Do not forget to use the IDHEAP filter.

This catalogue will provide you with information on how to find the document that you are looking for on our shelves.

The library’s documents have been shelved systematically by field (lower label) and then numerically (upper label); look out for both labels.

You can also search using other databases.


Do not hesitate to contact us if you require information or help! 


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Danielle Javet
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment IDHEAP
CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 21 692 68 02

Marie-Louise Wirths
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment IDHEAP
CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 21 692 68 16

Rue de la Mouline 28 - CH-1022 Chavannes-près-Renens
Tel. +41 21 692 68 00
Fax +41 21 692 68 09