Old and valuable holdings

Please note that it is necessary to make a reservation for a seat at the Reading Room for Old and Valuable Holdings. Reservations can be made one week in advance via E-Mail or per telephone.

The division responsible for old and valuable holdings of the Main Library stores and documents holdings that were published more than 100 years ago. You may only use these items in the reading room for old books.

The reading room for old books is located on the 1st floor of the Main Building. You can reach the accessible reading room via the foyer of the Main Library.

The following items are available at the reading room for old books:

  • books published 100 years ago and before (with the exception of books from the location Teinfaltstrasse)
  • books with the note “A-Magazin”
  • rare books with the shelf mark addition “E.S.” or “ES-Magazin”
  • large books (III, IV, V, VI)

The Library digitises individual, copyright-free items from the old and valuable holdings in random order and makes them accessible via PHAIDRA, the digital repository of the University of Vienna.


You are obliged to leave your coats and jackets at the cloakroom of the reading room for old books. You have to store all your bags (including laptop cases), coats and jackets in the lockers. Please fetch the key for the lockers at the Information desk in the reading room. You are not allowed to bring food and drinks into the reading room. Please keep your mobile phone in silent mode.


If you have any questions, please contact: