In recent years the library’s departments and services have increasingly been digitized. In 1984 the library was connected with the Réseau romand (Swiss-French library network), now known as Rero, the Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale (Library network of Western Switzerland), which initially worked on the Sibil system developed at the Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire of Lausanne. Today, vtls-Virtua, a commercially developed system, has replaced Sibil on all of the network’s sites.
In 1999 the library inaugurated the very first open-access space in its history. Until then, save for reference books and the limited number of specialized works at readers’ disposal, patrons could only obtain library materials after searching in the catalogues and submitting a request for the book from the storage rooms. Despite its size (40,000 volumes), this encyclopedic selection of recent publications has been a clear success that is attested by the volume of books in circulation.
At the dawn of the 21st century, new renovation work was begun, although without resolving the problem of storage areas filling up in the medium term (over 2,000,000 volumes for printed works alone).
The main reading room was renovated in 2005. It now offers patrons greater comfort and free WiFi access.
In 2006 the Bibliothèque mounted a major show at the Musée Rath, Arts, savoirs, mémoire. Trésors de la Bibliothèque de Genève (Arts, knowledge, memory. Treasures of the Bibliothèque de Genève). It was at this occasion that the library officially readopted its former name, the Bibliothèque de Genève. A complete renovation of the Espace Ami-Lullin, the exhibition gallery located on the ground floor of the Bibliothèque, was begun in 2007. Since the room’s inauguration in October 2008, the brand-new furnishings and equipment make it possible to display items under optimal security conditions. An area for lectures and talks has also been added to the exhibition gallery.
As an administrative entity, the Bibliothèque de Genève comprises four distinct sites today. There is of course the Bastions main library, along with the Musée Voltaire, La Musicale and the Centre d'iconographie. To these we can add the historical library of the Villa La Grange, whose collections are managed by the Bibliothèque de Genève.