GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new Maison de la Paix in Geneva has been awarded CH1.6 million for its library, the Graduate Institute in Geneva said this week, bringing to nearly CHF35 million the donations made to the school.
The money comes from the Loterie Romande, a 75-year-old public utility lottery that donates 100 percent of its funds to projects deemed in the public interest, after operating costs are covered.
The money will be used for computer stations to consult the catalogue, for the purchase of an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system that will allow automatic lending, and to pay to catalogue works not yet in the system. For the Graduate Institute, the result, it says, will be greater comfort for people using the library and easier access to major collections in the field of international relations and development studies.
The Maison de la Paix will be inaugurated in December 13 and will serve as the future headquarters of the Graduate Institute as well as the centre of the Campus de la Paix, a project that is being funded through a mixed private-public partnership.