Using the Library

The Jewish Studies Library offers access to a rich stockhouse of general and specialised information resources in Jewish history and literatures, Jewish religion, Hebrew/Aramaic language and linguistics, Jewish regional and cultural studies, Israel studies, Antisemitism. We provide print as well as electronic publications. The number of print holdings is currently in the range of 20.000 items.

Locating library items:

In order to locate print items, readers need to find out the item's shelfmark. Books are shelved according to a shelfmark classification that has been developed for this library since the 1960s. Within the categories, books are sorted by sequential numbers.

Open access (Freihandaufstellung):

All library items can be picked up from the library shelves and are immediately availabe for borrowing.


Most books are loanable and can be borrowed for a minimum of 28 days. As long as there are no holds or overdue fees, items may be renewed. After 6 months all items become due.
Films (DVDs, VHS) are loanable for 7 days.

Not on loan are: Reference works, serials, books from the reserve collections (Handapparat).

For borrowing, you need your u:card or a valid library card of the Vienna University Library (Bibliotheksausweis).

Hold/order ("Vormerken"/"bestellen"):

Due to open access shelving, books don't have to be ordered online: they are immediately available for borrowing. Holds for books that are currently on loan, however, may be placed through u:search ("Vormerkung").