To help you find your way quickly around TU Wien Bibliothek, we have assembled the most frequently asked and most important questions here.

TU Wien Bibliothek is a public library and open to all. However, to borrow books or use certain services, you need a library card. Anyone over the age of 14 can be issued a library card.

Current opening and closing times can be found in our opening hours.

For the opening hours of the institute libraries, opens an external URL in a new window, contact the institutes directly.

For students and employees of TU Wien, your valid TUcard is your library card. You can use all TU Wien Bibliothek services once you have accepted the library regulations in TISS. External users obtain a library card from the circulation desk. The library card allows you to borrow media, as well as place hold requests and renew online. It acts as a key card for the lockers. Click here to find out more about the library card and library account.

Please leave your jackets, coats and bags in the lockers, which you can open and close with your valid TUcard or library card. Guests are kindly requested to use the coin-operated lockers in the basement. Food and open drinks must not be taken into the library; drinks in sealable containers are permitted.

Desks for silent study can be found on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor. In other areas and in the bookable group study rooms, opens in new window there is space for teamwork, so you can learn together and speak at a reasonable volume. Please show consideration for others and do not reserve study desks. Use a time-out disc for breaks of up to 30 minutes.

For more information see our pages about the library learning environment and the library rules, opens an external URL in a new window.

CatalogPlus, opens an external URL in a new window is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as a central searching tool. PCs are provided in the library for you to search CatalogPlus. Much of our stock is freely accessible to you in the open-access area. Some books are in the closed stacks and you can order them (online or on-site).

For help finding the literature, see our information on searching as well as our course programme and advisory services.

With a valid library card, you can borrow up to 30 media (persons under age 18: 10 media items) during the opening hours of the circulation desk or at the self-issue terminals. The number of loans can be increased for academic staff if required.

The loan period for most media is 4 weeks. Renewal is possible up to a maximum of six months, provided no other library users have made a hold request. In CatalogPlus, you can find out online whether a medium can be borrowed. Media on the library shelves that can be borrowed are marked with green labels.

Electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases) can be used by students and employees as well as by external library users, but with different access options.

For more information, please visit our information page for online access.

As a student or staff member of TU Wien or of an Eduroam member institution, opens an external URL in a new window, you have WLAN access via Eduroam or TUnet in all areas of the TU Wien Bibliothek. See also the instructions for WLAN access, opens in new window.

A3 book scanners are available in the open-access areas on the 1st to the 5th floor. You will also find an A2 scanner on the 1st floor. The scans can be stored on a USB stick free of charge. When handling digital documents, please observe copyright laws and our terms of use for e-resources.

On the 1st floor next to the big book scanner, there is a ScanTent, opens an external URL in a new window where you can use your own devices such as smartphone, tablet or camera to take photos or make scans under ideal lighting conditions.

You can copy and print at Grafisches Zentrum, opens an external URL in a new window on the Freihaus campus, as well as at the Copy Shop, opens an external URL in a new window at Wiedner Hauptstraße 5, across the street from Freihaus. 

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In the Main Library and in the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library, we will be happy to help you either in person or by phone. If you have any  more specialised topical questions, our liaison librarians are available for individual consultation appointments, and you can find further services in our course and training programme.