Urban Design Library

Address: 1040 Wien, Karlsplatz 13, stairwell III, 4th floor
Tel: +43-1-58801-26060
Fax: +43-1-58801-26099
Email: staedtebau@ub.tuwien.ac.at
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Reduced library services in August 2017 [05.07.2017]

The TU Wien University Library is migrating to a new library software: ExLibris Alma. This will mean reduced library services around August 08 - 20.

We will try to keep the period where loans or returns cannot be made as short as possible.

Between August 08 and August 20 there will be no access to your user account in CatalogPlus.

Note that the following informations cannot be migrated to the new software and will be lost:

  • hold requests
  • stack requests
  • users' loans history

If you still need any information on the titles you had loaned, take care to export them, e.g. to a bibliographic reference software, before August 08!

Titles in the "E-Shelf" on the Online Catalogue will be available again once migration is complete.

Library catalogue:

The CatalogPlus library catalogue will remain largely unchanged.

Titles saved in the "e-shelf" will be lost during migration.

What is Alma?

Alma is a cloud-based software for the management of library collections, including electronic and print, in a single interface. Alma supports the collaboration of libraries in the modern academic environment with built-in support for different levels of consortium arrangements.

Data protection

Protection users' personal data is very important to us. Therefore, user data from TISS are saved within Alma in encrypted form and can only be read by authorised staff. The physical storage is a server in the Netherlands, within EU jurisdiction. Alma has all certifications required for a cloud-based software service and fulfils all legal requirements according to the new EU General Data Protection Regulation.

> Detailed description of Alma (German-language)

What will change for institutes of the TU Wien using Aleph for circulation?

The Aleph client will be replaced by a web-based browser application. Loans and returns will be simplified.

Two workshops for institute library managers have inform staff in detail about the changes. All persons concerned received an e-mail invitatation to these workshops.

The presentation from the workshops (German-language) is available on our website:
>presentation for TU instutes on Alma - the new library software


If you have any questions, please email us at info@ub.tuwien.ac.at


The Urban Design Library is situated within the Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Department of Urban Design.

Opening hours may sometimes have to be changed at short notice. We regret any inconvenience.


The collection consists of around 36.000 items. The urban design department's current journals are also included in the collection, as well as a selection of theses written at the institute.

Around 8000 items (including journals) are available at the Urban Design Library's Karlsplatz reading room.

Part of the collection is housed in closed stack rooms at other addresses. Items from the stacks can be requested on CatalogPlus or on the Aleph online catalogue . Requested items from the closed stacks can be collected at the Main Library.

TU staff members can also request books by email to the Urban Design Library, and collect them at the Urban Design Library during opening hours.


Tel: +43-1-58801-26060
Email: staedtebau@ub.tuwien.ac.at

Opening hours

Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00
Vacation opening hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
and by appointment in urgent cases (please make an appointment in advance by email or phone)

The Library is closed from 24. December - 1. January.

Term dates: see TU Wien homepage term dates.

Search CatalogPlus for books and journals of the Urban Design Library

1. Enter your search term in the search field and filter the result by Library > Urban Design Library in the left menu

2. Alternatively you can enter your search term in the "Advanced Search" search field and choose "Urban Design Library" from the "Library" dropdown list to the right.

Please note that by restricting your search to "Urban Design Library" holdings you exclude most electronic resources (ebooks, e-journals, articles) that may also fit your query.

Search the Aleph catalogue for books and journals of the Urban Design Library

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