Lake Geneva Documentation Centre

Created in 1998 thanks to the Ernest Dubois Foundation, the documentation centre gathers, preserves and promotes a rich encyclopaedic collection on the lake and the culture of Lake Léman.


The documentation centre houses more than 3500 books, 320 journal titles and 1500 documentary files.

It holds particularly rich sets of documents on the themes of lake and river navigation, shipbuilding, fishing, limnology, the fauna and flora of Lake Geneva but also ecology and water quality, water sports and aquatic leisure activities.


The documentation centre is available by appointment. It is open to anyone who can demonstrate a scientific knowledge of the museum’s collections. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Two workstations equipped with computers are available. Books and recent magazines can be consulted on the spot with free access. Other documents are available on request. Loans are not permitted.

Documents and manipulations

Books and journals are freely accessible. Fragile documents requiring limited handling are accessible subject to their state of preservation, by appointment.

Archives, posters, photographs and postcards, maps and plans are only accessible with prior authorisation from the administrators.

Documentary research

For any documentary research, please contact us by e-mail or by post. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible, but within 30 days at the latest.

Lake Geneva Documentation Centre

Quai Louis-Bonnard 8
CH-1260 Nyon – Suisse
Telephone. 022.316.42.50

Access to the Documentation Centre is by appointment.

Fondation Ernest Dubois