Using the Library

The Translation Studies library is part of the Vienna University Library and primarily serves researchers, teachers and students of the Centre for Translation Studies (ZTW). However, our resources are also open to the general public.

The Regulations for the Use of the Libraries of the University of Vienna [PDF] apply.

Library orientation plan

Lockers (Garderobe)

Library users are obliged to leave their bags and coats in the lockers in front of the Library (exception: catalogue room). You are not allowed to bring food into the reading rooms. You may bring drinks only in tightly closed containers. Please only use transparent bags to carry your work materials.

Locker keys are available at the library information desk. If you have a library card/u:card the key will be booked to your library account. The keys for the lockers on the ground floor may be borrowed for a day. On request, the keys for the lockers in the basement may be borrowed for a semester.

Catalogue room (Katalogsaal)

The catalogue room offers ten PCs with access to u:search for research and for using e-resources. The Centre for Translation Studies offers PC workstations for study-related or academic work as well as a printer (seminar room 10).

The catalogue room also contains the old card catalogue, which comprises the author and title catalogues of resources acquired before 1998. When searching for works published before 1992, we recommend using the card catalogue since older holdings are not yet fully recorded in u:search.

You do not have to use the lockers if you only use the catalogue room.

Reading rooms (Lesesaal)

The Large Reading Room (Großer Lesesaal) offers 64 study spaces, equipped with power sockets. Encyclopaedias, atlases and dictionaries, including the most recent editions of dictionaries relevant for exams, are shelved in the Large Reading Room.

The Small Reading Room (Kleiner Lesesaal) offers 8 study spaces and contains the general reserve collection and the reserve collections for specific courses as well as academic theses published at the Centre for Translation Studies. In this room, you may study, translate and practice together in groups.

Open-shelf area (Freihandbereich)

The Library is an open-shelf library with a lending service. Users can take the majority of the books directly from the shelves and either read and use them in the reading rooms or borrow them at the information desk. With an active library account, you can also request books via u:search and collect them at the information desk.

According to our shelfmark classification, books are shelved by languages and subjects and can be found using their shelfmark number.


There is a u:print device in the Library where you can print and make copies using your u:card for payment.

Close to the Library on the same floor, there is also a Facultas copier, which can only be used with Facultas copy cards .


A book scanner (A3 paper format) is available at the Library free of charge. You need a flash drive to store the scanned documents. Please see the quick guide (in German) [PDF] for an overview of the scanner functions.

When scanning documents, please note the provisions specified in the Austrian copyright act  §§42ff. des Urheberrechtsgesetzes .

Book return box (Buchrückgabebox)

Outside opening hours, you can return books of the Translation Studies library using the return box next to the library entrance. The books will be returned in the library system on the next working day, specifying the date of the last working day.