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The Library is located inside the United Nations compound in Geneva, in Building B of the Palais des Nations.

Getting to the Palais des Nations

Enter the Palais des Nations through the Visitor's entrance at Pregny Gate, on avenue de la Paix, in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building. (Please see map here)

Getting to the Library (Please see map here)

  1. Enter the Palais des Nations at Pregny Gate. Go through security screening.
  2. Walk to E Building and enter through Door 40.
  3. Use the escalator to go one floor up (3rd floor). Continue straight through the glassed Passerelle.
  4. Turn left at the end of the Passerelle. Enter B Building by following the corridor on your left until its end.

You are at the Library now. The Library Events Room is two floors down (1st floor).

 

Public transport

Access from Cornavin railway station:
- Bus lines : 8, F, V, Z (“Appia” stop)
- Tramway 15 (“Nations” stop), then a 5 minutes’ walk to Pregny Gate

Access from Cointrin airport:
- Bus lines: 28 (“Appia” stop) or 5 (“Nations” stop) then a 5 minutes’ walk to Pregny Gate.

Other bus lines with stop at “Nations”: 11 and 22.

Reminder for all external attendees

If you are not in possession of a UN badge then you should register to the event of your choice on the UNOG website at www.unog.ch/librarytalks, and bring a valid ID on the day of the event to the UN visitors entrance the Pregny Gate.

 

See also, How do I access the Palais des Nations?

There is a wide range of the Cultural Activities you can organize. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the type of events you can organize at the Palais des Nations through the Cultural Activity Programme: 

  • Painting exhibitions
  • Photography exhibitions
  • Sculpture exhibitions
  • Concerts
  • Film screenings
  • Film Festivals
  • Dance performances
  • Sport demonstrations 
  • Cultural performances
  • Cultural conferences
  • Food festivals
  • Fashion shows
  • Spring festivals
  • Celebrations of important anniversaries (independence, establishment of organizations, etc.) 
  • Celebrations of the different languages 
  • etc.

 

Due to limited number of venues, we recommend that you submit you proposal as soon as you have a date in mind for a pre-reservation of the space. 

To check our venues, please click here
To check the availability of the venues, please contact the Cultural Activities Team.

 

 

A Side Event is an event organized exclusively by a Permanent Mission or an International Organization. Side Events are usually not artistic in nature, but have more informative or documentary content. A prerequisite for a Side Event is that it has to be linked to an ongoing conference or a meeting held at the Palais des Nations, and that the Secretariat of that conference/meeting approves the event.

Once the Secretariat of the conference/meeting has approved the proposal as a Side Event to that conference, the Cultural Activities team takes over the coordination of the event, providing organization, installation and sound equipment for speeches.   

Due to limited number of venues, we recommend that you submit you proposal as soon as you have a date in mind for a pre-reservation of the space. 

 

To check our venues, please click here
To check the availability of the venues, please contact the Cultural Activities Team.

 

1 – Salle des pas perdus : 500m2 – A Building, 3rd floor, Door 14

2 –  Passerelle : Length 60m – between A and E Buildings, 3rd floor, Door 40

3 – Exhibition Gallery : 300m2 – E Building, 3rd floor, Door 40

4 – Balcony : 260m2 – E Building, 3rd floor, Door 40

5 – Mezzanine : 500m2 – E Building, 2nd floor, Door 40

6 – Bar Serpent : 270m2– E Building, 1st floor, Door 40

7 – Assembly Hall : 1800 seats – A Building. 3rd floor, Door 14

8 – Hall 14 : 250 seats – A Building, 3rd floor, Door 14

9 – Room XIV: 130 seats – A Building, 1st floor, Door 17

 

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Please contact the Cultural Activities Team for more details. 

See also: How can I organize an event at the Palais des Nations?

For Cultural Activities:

To receive information about our upcoming events, please send an e-mail to: libraryculture@unog.ch with the subject line: "Information upcoming events".

The Cultural activities team sends out flyers approximately two weeks before an event, in addition to a reminder the day before. 

Follow up on the events by liking our page on Facebook @UNOGLibrary

You can also visit our website for an overview of all upcoming events and register directly there. 

 

For Library Events:

To receive information about our upcoming events, please send an e-mail to: library.events@unog.ch with the subject line: "Information upcoming events".

The Library Events team sends out flyers approximately one week before an event, in addition to a reminder the day before. 

Follow up on the events by liking our page on Facebook @UNOGLibrary

You can also visit our website for an overview of all upcoming events and register directly there.

 

See also, How can I register for cultural or library events at the Palais des Nations?

For Cultural Activities:

To attend any cultural event at the Palais des Nations, you need to register at the email address or internet link provided on our flyers. Please note that registration is compulsory

  • If an email address is provided on the flyer: please send your first name and last name only by email. 
  • If an internet link is provided on the flyer: please register online on our new security system. This new online security system implemented at the United Nations Office at Geneva facilitates access for people who wish to enter the Palais des Nations. The Cultural Activities team is incorporating this system into our own registration routines and kindly asks all attendees to create their personal profile at: https://reg.unog.ch/user/register. Once this personal account is created, you will be able to register to our events more easily. 

 

For Library Events:

If you are not in possession of a UN badge should register to the event of your choice on the UNOG website at www.unog.ch/librarytalks, and bring a valid ID on the day of the event to the UN visitors entrance the Pregny Gate.

 

See also:

How to create a personal account on the new online security system? 

How to register to an event on the new online security system?  

There are several different formats of the Library Events:

Book Launch - is a book/publication launch/presentation with a discussion of the book and the topic.
Here are some examples:
Charlotte Perriand - Une empreinte au Palais des Nations
Book Launch: "A Hope More Powerful than the Sea"
Book Launch: "The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session"

Reading Room Stories - is an event with one panelist who has an interesting and valuable story to tell and also a good speaker.
Here are some examples:
Ann Morgan - A year of reading the world
Zero Waste Home : A Conversation with Zero Waste Guru Bea Johnson
Reading Room Story with Justine Mbabazi: Expert in women's rights and conflict

Human Library - is an event focused on one topic but there are several presenters who are placed in separate booths and the audience can choose which story they want to listen to or who they want to have a discussion with. After that, people from the audience have time to chat and share what the learned between one another.
Here are some examples:
The Personal Toolbox of a Peace Builder
What’s trust got to do with migration?

Youth Breaking Barriers of Exclusion


Library Talk - is an event where all the panelist have different background but are all closely related to the topic of discussion. Panelists have different views and opinions that they share and talk about. This can be called a debate, but it is actually an attempt to find common ground and understand each other.
Here are some examples:
The Glass Ceiling - conveying experience
Empowered by speech: why gender champions promote public speaking
Sketching the Way to Peace: Preventing the use of children as soldiers with the help of comic books

Seminar - is an event where several panellists discuss the results of their academic research.

Here are some examples:

Conflict of Interest in International Organizations. Findings from academic research

Panel Discussion: Private Development Assistance - how you and I can contribute to end extreme poverty by 2030

Panel Discussion: "The Garbage Patch State®"

If you are not so sure which format would be best suited for your event, our Library Events Team will be glad to guide and help you with the decision.

 

See also, How can I organize an event at the Palais des Nations?

To visit an ongoing exhibition, please follow the normal procedures either registering through the e-mail address or the link provided on the flyer for the event. 

You can also visit our website for an overview of upcoming events and register directly there.

 

See also: 

Who can attend events at the Palais des Nations? 

All events are open to all public and are free of charge. 

 

See also:

Who can attend events at the Palais des Nations? 

To create a personal account on the new online security system: 

  • First go to: https://reg.unog.ch/user/register
  • Fill in all the requested information 
  • Press "Confirm" 
  • You should receive an activation link by e-mail. If you do not receive any e-mail please contact: support.accreditation@unog.ch
  • Activate your account by clicking on the link you received by e-mail. 
  • Congratulations, your personal account is created! You can now easily register to our different events. 

 

See also:

How to register to an event on the new online security system?