Using the Library

The Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Library provides the necessary scientific literature for research, teaching and studies for the scientific staff and the students of the Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna. As a public academic library it may also be used by all other persons.

The Vienna University Library regulations (PDF, in German) apply.

Open-shelf area

All the holdings of the library are placed in mobile shelves according to a specific shelfmark classification. The users can take the books from the shelves themselves and read them in the library or borrow them at the library counter. Holds via u:search can only be placed on books already loaned.

Ordering books for disabled users

Users with physical disabilities can obtain a special authorization to order books to the library counter. All books can be ordered there, either to be read in the library or to be borrowed. In case of necessity, please send an e-mail to:

Library infrastructure

  • Two library computer terminals with internet access
  • u:print photocopying machine (scanning is for free, a u:card is required)
  • Book scanner (USB stick required)
  • WLAN coverage

Course reserve

Books that are essential to university courses are placed under the names of the teachers in the low grey shelves in front of the seminar room of the Institute. These items are not loanable in order to allow access by as many students as possible.


Keys for the lockers can be borrowed at the library counter with your library card. If you don’t have a library card, we accept a valid ID by way of a pledge.

Guest researchers

If you plan to stay at the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Library as a visiting scholar, it is advisable to contact us in advance.
If you want to check out books, you can already preregister for a library card (u:card) in preparation of your stay.

Safety instructions

When using the mobile shelves, please use the safety elements for locking the shelves. Please remove steps from the gaps between the shelves after usage.

Do you have any further questions?

If you have general questions about the library and its holdings, please consult our team at the library counter. For subject-related research questions, please contact: