Using the library

Current Covid-19 regulations:

  • The reading rooms of the library are open.
  • FFP2-masks are required during the whole stay.
  • Library items can be ordered via u:search and can be collected during our opening hours.
  • Please use the disinfectants provided for your hands - there are several disinfectant dispensers all over the building and in the library.

  • The four subject areas covered by the Archaeology and Numismatics Library are shelved in separate rooms in the building. They have different terms of usage and different opening hours:

    The holdings of the subject area of classical archaeology are shelved together with the Bibliothek Wien library of the Austrian Academy of Sciences/Austrian Archaeological Institute.


    The four sub-libraries are reference libraries with reduced loan charges. Library users can simply take the books from the open stacks. They can borrow books overnight or over the weekend (= books may be borrowed for one day). Please read the Borrowing section to learn more about the terms and conditions for borrowing items.

    Please note that you cannot reserve books or renew loans of books available at the Archaeology and Numismatics Library yourself.

    The Vienna University Library regulations apply.

    Closed stacks

    Part of our holdings are shelved in the closed stacks of the special library. Upon request, we collect books from the closed stacks any time for you. Please contact the employees at the information desk.


    Part of our holdings are kept in the closed depository of the Vienna University Library. This mainly applies to duplicates or old volumes. Upon request, the library employees order these books for you and prepare them for collection on Wednesdays (they remain ready to collect for one week). Please contact the library employees if necessary.