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The Main Library and the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library are open again.

Opening hours from 25 June 2020:

Main Library, Resselgasse 4:                                Mon - Fri      08:00 - 16:00

Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library:   Mon - Fri      09:00 – 16:00 (August: Mon - Fri     09:00 - 15:00)

Library services from 25 June 2020:


All library users with a TUcard or library card can borrow media again. However, access to the textbook collection and the open access shelves is not permitted. If you want to borrow a book or other item, request it on CatalogPlus. These requested items will be placed on the Requested Books shelf on the ground floor at hourly intervals.

Requested works that are not loanable will be issued to you at the circulation desk on the ground floor. These items can only be used on the library premises. A valid photo identification document is lodged at the circulation desk while the item is in use.

TU Wien students have the additional option of choosing postal delivery when requesting textbooks, books from the open access shelves and from the closed stacks of the Main Library and the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library. Note that fees are payable for this service and that this service requires your address and contact data from TISS to be passed on to Österreichische Post AG. Postal loans are possible for all media that are loanable and that are not available online as e-resources. Journals cannot be borrowed.

Renewals and returns

The automatic renewal of loans by the library ends on 30 June 2020. Please return any borrowed media with due dates before 30 June 2020 in time, or renew the loans yourself in your library account on CatalogPlus. From 30 June 2020, the normal reminder rhytms will be activated. If you have incurred any fines before the lockdown, please remember to pay them as soon as possible.

Returning borrowed media by post is 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 document (PDF).

Paying fines:

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

If you have any questions, please contact

Library card

New library cards can be issued again. If you are not a TU Wien student or employee, please fill in our online registration form before coming to the library to have your card issued.

If you paid a registration fee for your library card, note that the validity will be automatically extended.

Learning in the library

Learning spaces in the library: registration required

A reduced number of study desks are available for individual study. These desks may be used exclusively by persons registering at the circulation desk with their TUcard or library card. You will be assigned one of the main library's floors and may only use the study desks there. The group study rooms are closed until further notice. Please note that books and textbooks from the open access shelves may not be taken from the shelves by library users - you need to request them on Catalogplus. These requested items will be placed on the Requested Books shelf on the ground floor at hourly intervals. 

Data protection information:

Registering library users enables fast identification, isolation and tracing of contact persions 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 libary 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.
  • Disinfect your study desk with the surface disinfectant provided by the library.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other users. Each study desk that may be used is equipped with a chair. Do not move the chair to another desk.
  • 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 access to the media in the open access shelving is forbidden. All media from the shelves must be requested on CatalogPlus.
  • Book scanner: at the moment, one book scanner on the ground floor 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.

Inter-library loans, document delivery (scans)

The interlibrary loan and document delivery team have taken up their work again. Loans from foreign libraries may in some cases not be possible.

If you have any questions, please contact

Access to media: digital library

The library has licensed over 9000 ejournals and around 140,000 ebooks for our users. In addition, we are offering expanded access to ejournals and ebooks at many publishers, such as Elsevier ScienceDirect Textbooks, IEEE Courses or Springer Nature ebooks. Check our homepage for an up-to-date list of additional resources.

Current information on our expanded portfolio of e-books and e-journals

VPN access from home: TU Wien students and staff can access our ebooks and e-journals from your homes using VPN. Note that for access to electronic full texts, you need to select "2_All tunneled" during VPN login!

If you have any problems with access to our electronic resources, do not hesitate to contact us at or


Books can be acquired without restrictions again. However, the library administration is still not accessible to the public and books will be sent to the institutes by internal mail. If you have any questions, please contact

All other library services are operating normally

All other services offered by the library are operating normally and our staff are looking forward to helping you with any matters concerning open access publishing support, reposiTUm, TU Wien Academic Press, services provided by our liaison librarians, or advisory services concerning ORCID, DOIs or bibliometry.


Please contact us via email at present.

Overview of library service units and teams