Using the Library

The Art History Library provides relevant literature, including books and electronic resources as well as study and working spaces for all persons who teach, study or conduct research at the Department of Art History of the University of Vienna. However, other users are also welcome to use the Library as it is a public academic library.

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

Please note that you are obliged to use of the cloakroom and that you are not allowed to take food or beverages with you.

If you want to talk on the phone or enjoy a snack or a drink, please use our common room in front of the Library’s entrance. Please keep in mind that the Library aims at creating an environment that encourages focused working and studying.

Open-shelf area

Most of the library holdings are publicly accessible. Their location and shelf mark are specified on u:search. If you take a book from the shelf, please fill out a replacement slip and replace the book with the slip to mark its exact location in the shelf. The notes are available at the Library. Please put the books back on the shelves in the correct place when you do not need them anymore.

Systematic shelving

The books are arranged according to subject. To find a book, please check its location code and shelf mark on u:search. Floor plans and shelf mark lists help you finding your way around the library.

Requesting items from the stacks

Especially valuable books (location: rare books and folios) are not publicly accessible and have to be requested via u:search. You will be notified as soon as the book is ready to collect at the information desk. We usually process requests within one calendar day. You may use these books in the Library only.


In the catalogue room there are 8 computers available for literature research on u:search, the search engine of the Vienna University Library.


There are two copiers located in the catalogue room. You can buy copy cards for the department copier at the Laboranten/the Department of Art History. Copy cards for the Facultas copiers are available at the Facultas shops (e.g. Campus, courtyard 1) or at the copy card dispensers (e.g. English and American Studies Library, courtyard 8.2). You can also use the Facultas copier via u:print (e.g. to print documents from databases, from the Internet or from a flash drive).


You can use a book scanner and a flatbed scanner for free in the catalogue room. The scanners are not connected to the Internet, so you have to use a flash drive. You can also borrow flash drives at the information desk.


Wi-Fi is available throughout the Library. Find out more about accessing the Internet at the Library.

Safety instructions

When moving mobile shelving, please use the locking system and safety elements.

The final inspection round in the Library starts 15 minutes before the Library closes. As of this time, parts of the Library (mobile shelving area) cannot be used anymore.

Do you have any further questions?

If you have general questions about the holdings and using the Library, do not hesitate to consult our employees at the information desk. For subject-specific research, please contact: