COVID-19 update: TU Wien Bibliothek

Current library opening hours and rules

Banner "COVID-19 Info", with view of the library building

© Peter Haas

>> view the real-time graph showing current availability of study desks in the Main Library, opens an external URL in a new window

Opening hours

Opening hours may have to be changed at short notice if necessitated by COVID-19 developments. Always check the current opening hours on our homepage.

Opening hours from 17 November 2020

Main Library

Mon - Fri     08:00 - 16:00

Sat, Sun       Closed

Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library

Mon - Fri     09:00 - 15:00

Sat, Sun      Closed

Learning spaces in the library: registration required / access for TU Wien students only

A reduced number of study desks are available for individual study. These desks may at present be used exclusively by TU Wien students, who need to register at the circulation desk with their TUcard (see below).

Loans and returns

There are no staffed opening hours at present. Loans and returns are only possible at the self-issue terminals during library opening hours. Loan periods for all active loans have been extended to 17 January 2021. Please return your borrowed items on time or renew the loans in your library account, opens an external URL in a new window.

Loans

  • Book or other media you want to borrow must be requested on CatalogPlus. These requested items will be placed on the Requested Books shelf on the ground floor at hourly intervals.
  • Works that are not loanable cannot be requested and are not accessible at present.
  • TU Wien students have the additional option of choosing postal delivery when requesting media that are loanable and that are not available as e-resources. Note that fees are payable for this service (Scale of fees document).

Returns

Borrowed media can be returned at the library during opening hours using the self-issue terminals.

Returning borrowed media by post is also possible, at your own risk. The return date for any media sent to the library by post will be the date the return is booked in the library software. Be sure to consider the time needed for postal delivery, so that you do not become liable for any fines. For details see §8 of our Library Rules, opens an external URL in a new window document.

Paying fines

During library opening hours, you have access to the pay station on the ground floor if you need to pay any fines.

Library cards

From 01 March 2021, we will be issuing new library cards to students of other universities and school pupils. If you need a library card, start by filling in our online registration, opens an external URL in a new window form. 

You will then receive an e-mail some days later informing you that your library card is ready and can be obtained at the Main Library circulation desk during opening hours

The e-mail-notification will also state your library card number. Using this ID number, you can already sign in to your CatalogPlus account and request books for loan. When you come to the circulation desk to get your library card, you can borrow your requested items immediately once the card has been issued to you. Note that you need to bring the required documents with you.

Books for TU Wien institutes

Books ordered by TU Wien institutes are acquired by the library.

Online access to electronic media

The library has licensed over 9000 e-journals and around 140,000 e-books for our users. TU Wien students and staff can access our e-books and e-journals from your homes using VPN. Note that for access to electronic full texts, you need to select "2_All tunnelled" during VPN login! If you have any problems with access to our electronic resources, do not hesitate to contact us at e-medien@tuwien.ac.at.

Library patrons without TU Wien affiliation can read electronic media on the catalogue PCs (kiosk devices) on the ground floor of the Main Library.

Learning spaces in the library: registration required / access for TU Wien students only

A reduced number of study desks are available for individual study. These desks may be used exclusively by TU Wien students, who need to register at the circulation desk with their TUcard. You will be assigned a study desk and may use only this desk. Furthermore, wearing a FFP2 mask at the study desks is mandatory from 25 January 2021.

Data protection information:

Registering library users enables fast identification, isolation and tracing of contact persons in case of COVID-19 infections, in order to break infection chains. We record the day of presence, the library floor assigned, and the TUcard or library card number. These data will be saved for a period of 8 weeks. In case of contact tracing by health authorities investigating COVID-19 cases, the TUcard or library card number will be used to identify the names and contact information of library users, which will be passed on to the health authorities.

COVID-19 rules for studying in the library

  • Disinfect your hands on entering the library.
  • Wear a FFP2 mask in all public areas (locker rooms, circulation desks, stairwells, toilets) and at your study desk.
  • Disinfect your study desk with the surface disinfectant provided by the library.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 2 metres to other persons. You may only use the study desk that was assigned to you at registration.
  • Group study is not permitted.
  • "Bring your own device": only a small number of catalogue terminals may be used. The PC workstations on the first floor are closed. Please bring your own laptop or other device if possible.
  • Please note that all media from the shelves that you want to borrow must be requested on CatalogPlus. Entry to the open access areas is only permitted to TU Wien students who have registered at the circulation desk with their TUcards.
  • Book scanner: at the moment, one book scanner in the entrance area may be used. Please disinfect your hands before using the book scanner.
  • You may only take personal learning materials, laptops, writing equipment, books and beverages in sealable containers into the library. All other belongings must be left in the lockers.