Découvrez les bibliothèques de la Ville de Genève
Toute l'offre culturelle


  • La Bibliothèque de Genève déploie sur 4 sites un patrimoine écrit, imprimé, musical et iconographique unique qu’elle sélectionne, protège, valorise et transmet au grand public comme au public scientifique.
  • Site internet de la Bibliothèque de Genève


  • Les Bibliothèques municipales sont des lieux de rencontre, de découverte et de partage qui vous proposent de nombreux documents à emprunter ainsi que des activités gratuites pour petit-e-s et grand-e-s.
  • Site Internet des Bibliothèques municipales


  • Les musées d’art et d’histoire, le Musée d’ethnographie et le Museum d’histoire naturelle, les Conservatoires et Jardin botaniques et le Fond municipal d’art contemporain proposent un accès à leur bibliothèque scientifique .
  • Site internet


  • Vous avez une question et vous souhaitez une réponse personnalisée? Le réseau des bibliothèques genevoises vous offre, en moins de trois jours, un résultat fiable et des sources identifiées.
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Historique

The Bibliothèque de Genève has formed exceptional collections that are known well beyond Geneva’s borders. Part of that irreplaceable cultural heritage, however, is threatened by the acidification of its paper support. To remedy this scourge, the library has launched a deacidification treatment program.

Vue de l'autoclave de désacidification. Procédé Papersave Nitrochemie à Wimmis

In the 19th century, printing went from its artisanal stage to its industrial one. This transition paved the way for an extraordinary development of written communication and the major implications that had for society, culture, and the sciences. Responding to the needs of printers, paper production increased and new manufacturing processes embraced a range of materials, including wood. Due to complex chemical reactions that play out over dozens of years, these same materials insidiously and irreparably destroy the very documents printed on them. Paper now carried within itself its own destruction. Because of oxidation, it yellows and becomes brittle. It ends up being hard to manipulate and crumbling to dust. This process, accelerated by air pollution and the use of corrosive inks, is a key factor in the degradation of the collections. A large part of the libraries’ collections has an acidic paper support and therefore is threatened. It was only in 1962, moreover, that a pH-neutral gluing agent began to be employed to prevent acidification of the paper. Today, the greater share of European paper output uses these glues. To slow the process of deterioration, the Bibliothèque de Genève has set up a deacidification plan. Since 2014, the library has had an external service provider treating its collection of 19th- and 20th-century Genevan newspapers that only exist in single copies. That is, printed matter from the period of 1814-1990 for which there are no substitute supports (microfilm or a digital support).

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Nelly Cauliez
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Emilie Vaudant
Chargée de conservation préventive
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