Lending Services

You can borrow books that may be borrowed for 14 days. You need a library card to borrow books. You receive your library card at the library information desk once you have presented your student ID card. If you are not a student or employee of the University of Vienna, please present an official photo ID card and a current official proof of residence to get a library card.


You can reserve books that are currently borrowed (specified on u:search as: “On loan until DD.MM.YYYY” under “Status”). You will receive a notification e-mail as soon as the book has been returned to the special library and is ready to collect. We keep books you reserved ready to collect for 5 working days.

Items that may not be borrowed

You may not borrow reference works, dictionaries, journals and old books. Please see the relevant details on u:search.

Research collection, project, reserve collection

Academic staff of the University of Vienna can borrow books for up to 1 year (with a project pass or a reserve collection pass) or even up to 2 years (with a research collection pass). The name of the person who has borrowed the book is specified in the online catalogue to allow other users to access the item. These items must be kept in the relevant subunit of the University of Vienna.