Library use

For the use of the Departmental Library of Cultural and Social Anthropologyplease note the following:

  • Be sure to check the current opening hours of the Cultural and Social Anthropology Library well in advance, as they may change on short notice due to the current situation.
  • For returns outside of the library's opening hours, you can find more options here. Please check the opening hours of the building in question.
  • The free digitization service for members of the university as well as the paid digitization service for external users are still available. Please fill out the order form and send it to our service email address:
  • Please pay attention to the legal regulations and the University of Vienna's COVID-19 rules regarding hygiene and conduct. Keep in mind to maintain a sufficient distance to other persons.
  • In your own interest and out of respect for other library users, please wear an FFP2 mask in the library area at all times.
  • Please disinfect your hands before using the FB. A special dispenser is available for this purpose at the entrance to the library.
  • More detailed information for the current use of the University Library can be found here:

The primary purpose of the Departmental Library for Cultural and Social Anthropology is to serve everyone who researches, teaches, and studies at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna. In addition, the library is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome. The library is divided into an open-access area with lending options and a closed stacks area (magazines, AV media, old and valuable books). Bringing food and beverages (except bottled water) into the reading area is not permitted.


The library is an open-access library with a lending service.The library regulations for the libraries of the University of Vienna apply. All books can be taken off the shelf and borrowed immediately. Direct access to the literature avoids waiting times and allows you to browse the shelves. The books are organized by region and subject. Each book is assigned to its location using a "speaking signature" and can be found on the shelf using the sequential number.

Reserve shelf

The semester reserve shelf, ranked according to lecturers' names, provides the most important literature for the courses. Weekend borrowing of these works is possible on Fridays from 12pm.

Reading area

The reading area offers 36 workstations with a total of 4 research PCs. New acquisitions and the latest issues of current magazines are on a seperate shelf. Reference works, encyclopedias, and bibliographies are also located in the reading area.