Using the library: 10 basics
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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 hours: The Main Library is open from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00 at present. The Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:00. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may have to change our opening hours at short notice. Current opening and closing times can be found in our opening hours.
For the opening hours of the institute libraries, contact the institutes, opens an external URL in a new window 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 contact the ground floor circulation desk directly. You will be provided with a guest card here. 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 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).
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.
You have WLAN access via Eduroam or TUnet in all areas of the TU Wien Bibliothek. See also the TU.it instructions for WLAN access, opens an external URL in a new window.
Book scanners are provided in the open-access areas. Scans can be saved to a USB stick. The A2 book scanner on the first floor of the Main Library has a coin-operated payment option for DIN A4 copies (€0.10 per copy, no change given) for black-and-white or greyscale printing.
Use the Grafisches Zentrum printing services, opens an external URL in a new window as a convenient printing option.
You can also copy and print directly at the Grafisches Zentrum, opens an external URL in a new window at Freihaus, as well as in the Copy Shop, opens an external URL in a new window at Wiedner Hauptstraße 5, opposite Freihaus.
At the initial consultations service 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.