Information for First-Year Students


Studienabteilung © Universität Wien / Barbara Mair.

Studienabteilung © Universität Wien / Barbara Mair

Welcome to Vienna University Library!

During your studies, the University Library will most likely be your most important source for research literature and academic research. We offer books, e-books, electronic and print journals as well as access to a great variety of databases and online resources on all subjects taught at the University of Vienna.

As we are Austria's largest library, you may find it somewhat overwhelming at first. It is, however, our experience that it takes only a short period of time to familiarize oneself with the various regulations and procedures. If in doubt, always ask a librarian!

You can find our libraries at 40 locations in Vienna:

The libraries vary in size and terms of use. There are open-shelf library in which the books can be taken from shelves and used immediately, closed-stack libraries, where you have to order the books before you can use them, and libraries with open shelves and closed stacks. Please ask the respective librarian if you have doubts how to access to the desired books.

At the beginning of your studies, you should do three things:

Please note that due to COVID-19, special library regulations apply.

Our staff will gladly answer any questions you might have about the library.

We wish you pleasant and productive studies at the University of Vienna!