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Library and research services

The Library and Research Service is a public resource offering over 140,000 documents on international humanitarian law, humanitarian work and ICRC activities. The documents take a range of forms – books, periodicals, videos, photos and CD-ROMs. 



On 8 August 1864, 150 years ago, a diplomatic conference opened in Geneva initiated by the future International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and organized by the Federal Council. Discussions concluded on 22 August 1864 with the signing of the First Geneva Convention, for the improvement of conditions for soldiers  wounded in the field. Switzerland was one of the twelve countries who signed the convention.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the First Geneva Convention, the Swiss National Library, in collaboration with the ICRC library, has digitized many original images and recordings. These are presented on the websites of the Swiss National Library and the ICRC and you can use them in your work.

For further information, please contact:
Beat Scherrer, Swiss National Library, tél. 058 46 50382, beat.scherrer@nb.admin.ch
David-Pierre Marquet, ICRC, Tel. 022 730 22 21, damarquet@icrc.org