Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire (Geneva)

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The facade of the library

The Library of Geneva (fr. Bibliothèque de Genève), known until 2006 under the name Public and University Library (Bibliothèque publique et universitaire BPU), is one of the oldest university libraries of Switzerland. Located in Geneva, it was founded in 1559 as a part of the University of Geneva by John Calvin, and was mentioned for the first time in 1561.[1]

The department of incunabula and manuscripts is the most important part of the collection. It contains valuable and rare documents, posters, pictures of Geneva, maps and plans.

The collections as a whole contain more than two million volumes.

Some manuscripts[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • David H. Stam, ed. (2001). International Dictionary of Library Histories. Fitzroy Dearborn. ISBN 1579582443. 

External links[edit]

  •, Site de la Bibliothèque de Genève
  •, Catalogue of papyri of the Bibliothèque de Genève

Coordinates: 46°11′56″N 6°08′43″E / 46.1988°N 6.1452°E / 46.1988; 6.1452