Plakat vor dem Universitätsgebäude. © Universität Wien / Hannah Alker-Windbichler

About Us

Vienna University Library and Archive Services

Head librarian: Mag. Maria Seissl
Deputy librarian: Dr. Wolfgang Nikolaus Rappert

Postal address of librarian's office:

Universitaetsring 1
1010 Wien
T: +43-1-4277-15001

Vienna University Library is Austria's largest library and the oldest university library in the German-speaking area, dating from 1365. It collects media from all disciplines taught and researched at Vienna University.

The main library, located inside the main university building on Universitaetsring 1 is VU Library's central lending library and holds over 2.9 million volumes. As an inter-facultary and interdisciplinary library it collects literature from all disciplines taught at Vienna University.

Vienna University Library has 36 special libraries, providing researchers, teachers and students with specialist literature on a great variety of specific academic subjects. Most of these are reference libraries; therefore the 4.7 million books, journals, maps and other media can be borrowed only for short periods of time.

The University Archive collects, conserves, catalogues and provides access to the collections on the history of Vienna University for administrative and research purposes as well as for personal use.

Vienna University Library is also responsible for the systematic cataloguing and presentations of all collections and archives kept at the university's departments for teaching and research purposes.


The service unit Vienna University Library and Archive Services is structured into currently 40 libraries at locations all over Vienna and the Vienna University Archive. The central services have comprehensive and coordinating tasks for all units.