Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library (CheMaB)

address: 1060 Wien, Getreidemarkt 9/BA, Plus-Energie-Hochhaus, Stairwell 2, 1st Floor
Tel: +43-1-58801-44200
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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


The Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library is a public library open to university staff, students and members of the public and holds the University Library’s main collection of chemistry, chemical technology and mechanical engineering books and journals.


Information and telephone renewals: Tel: 01-58801-44200

Opening hours

During term-time: Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 19:30

Summer opening hours
08 July - 31 August:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 13:00
and by appointment
(Tel:+43-1-58801-44200 or

The Library is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays,
on Good Friday, and from 24. December - 31. December.


For the most part the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library's collection is not available for home loan and can only be used in the library's reading rooms.

The collection includes books, textbooks, reference works, Chemical Abstracts (CA), journals, e-journals and databases.


The chemistry and mechanical engineering books are arranged according to the Library's TU Wien Classification in the open access areas.

In order to borrow a book of the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library, you must be registered as a TU Wien University Library user, and have a Library card, or a Library barcode on your student ID card.

Most items have a loan period of 4 weeks. The loan can be renewed, unless another user has requested the item, or the item is overdue, or the maximum loan period of 6 months has expired.

Some books can be borrowed for 2 weeks, overnight or over the weekend.


The textbooks are arranged according to the Library's TU Wien Classification in the textbook collection.


The journals form the largest part of the collection. Bound volumes are arranged by call numbers. Newly published journal issues are displayed on special journals shelves in the open access area.

Print journals:

List of all chemistry journals
List of current journals subscriptions

A large number of chemistry e-journals are available on the TU campus.

Reference works

The reference works are arranged according to the Library's TU Wien Classification in the open access area and can only be used on the library's premises.

Some important reference works are available online on every pc of the TU Wien campus. These include:

Search CatalogPlus for books and journals of the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library

1. Enter your search term in the search field and filter the result by Library > Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library in the left menu.

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

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

Chemistry Databases

Databases available to TU Wien researchers, staff and students include:

  1. Deinstall your previous version if you have one on your computer.
  2. Click on the following link:
  3. Enter your e-mail address (either one of the following three domains will work:, or and press submit
  4. On the next page press the continue button (eventually you will have to register)
  5. You will get an e-mail with your personal serial number which allows you to install the program on your computer. You can use the serial number for installation on 3 computers.
  6. Download the software and follow the installation instructions.
  7. If problems occur contact Michael Schnürch (

Chemistry Database contact:
Univ.Ass. Dr. Michael Schnürch (Tel: +43-1-58801-163616)