The print collection of the TU Wien University Library contains more than 1,5 million books, around 630 scientific journals, a textbook collection, a reference collection, Austrian and German standards, and theses of the University. The focus is on science and technology, including related subjects.
In addition, a "digital library" is available on every computer on the TU Wien campus, containing ca. 7000 e-journals, 125.000 ebooks and thousands of electronic full texts accessible via CatalogPlus and via databases.
Most of the printed works (books, journals) are kept on open access shelves in the Library's reading rooms. Older books, old volumes of journals and special collections such as rare books and offprints are on closed access in the Library's stack rooms.
As mentioned above, the Library's books are mostly held on open shelves, arranged according to the Library's TU Wien Classification.
If you look up an item in CatalogPlus, the shelfmark is to be found in the item's holding information, in the column "Shelf". Most items in the open access areas can be loaned. Exceptions are reference works and journals.
Books and other items on the open shelves can be read within the Library by everyone - a library card is only required if a patron wants to borrow an item.
Books and other items from the closed stack rooms have to be ordered via the online catalogue, CatalogPlus. If they are not in the online catalogue, or the patron does not own a library card, stack items can be ordered at the Stack Requests Desk on the first floor of the Main Library.
The Library's textbook collection is situated on the ground floor of the Main Library building.
Many textbooks are also available online on the campus!
The Main Library's reference collection is situated on the first floor. Dictionaries and other reference works are not for loan.
A number of online dictionaries and works of reference can be accessed on campus: see our ebooks page
Theses of the TU Wien
Theses of the TU Wien are to be found in the closed stack rooms of the Main Library.
To search the online catalogue for TU Wien Master's Theses or Doctoral Theses, click on the "PhD Theses" or "Master's Theses" links in the search menu.
Many theses are available online on the Library's document server. These full texts can be searched using CatalogPlus.
The Library's collection includes 630 scientific journals in print form. Some of these are held at the Main Library, others at the Department Libraries or at institutes of the TU Wien. An additional 7000 scientific journals are avaliable online on the TU Wien campus - for details see our e-journals page.
In the Main Library, current issues and bound volumes of journals are to be found on the 2nd floor, and older volumes (before 1990, in some cases before 2001 or before 1975) have to be ordered from the closed stack rooms.
Journals are not availabe for home loan, but scanning to USB drives on our book scanners in the open access areas is free of charge.
The Library's collection contains Austrian standards (ÖNORMEN) and draft standards. These are available online on the TU campus.
Please keep in mind that Austrian law forbids copying and reproducing standards (cf. Normengesetz 1971 §§ 7 and 8 (1)).
> Austrian Standards plus - ÖNORMEN
DIN standards and VDI technical rules are available online on the TU campus (see "Databases - DIN Normen").
VDE standards are now also available online - however, access is only possible at one PC workstation on the 1st floor of the Main Library (the "e-journals" pc next to the information desk). The licence agreement does not permit users to make copies of VDE standards.
> DIN standards on e-researchCenter.eu
IEEE standards are available online at IEEE Xplore / Electronic Library Online (IEL).
Journals articles and other publications by TU Wien professors and staff are collected by the Library and can be found in CatalogPlus.
Special Collections (Rare Books)
The Library's Special Collections include all items published up to 1800 and other valuable or fragile books.