Old and valuable holdings

Current information (as of 22.11.2021)

The use of unique holdings in the reading room for old and valuable books at the main library is possible for all users with prior reservation (telefonisch oder per Email) in compliance with the COVID-19 hygiene rules and rules of conduct. .

Orders can be placed, as usual, directly via u:search or via the tab "Special Requests".

Please note that an official certificate of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19, or a negative Covid-19 test is required in order to use the reading rooms and study areas in the library.

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 media 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 ORF archive

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: