Using the Library

The Special Library of African and Oriental Studies primarily serves all those who research, teach and study at the Institute for African Studies and at the Institute for Oriental Studies at the University of Vienna. In addition, the library is open to the public.

The library is an open-access library with a loan service. The usage regulations for libraries of the University of Vienna apply. There are 72 workplaces for use in the library.

Both the African and the Oriental Studies stock of specialist books is organized by classifications.

The journals are arranged in the journal room in an African Studies and an Oriental Studies series according to the alphabet of the journal titles.

New acquisitions stay on special shelves for about 4 weeks.


In the usage area there are six PCs with access to u: search and the WWW.


A Facultas photocopying machine is available for use. Copy cards are available at the information desk.


There is a book scanner that can be used for free, an usb memomry stick is necessary.