Library News


Opening hours during the summer vacations

During the summer vacations, reduced library opening hours are offered at the Main Library and the department libraries (Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library and Urban Design Library).

Please note that from July 8 to August 31, the Main Library reading rooms are open until 19:00 from Monday to Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

> Opening hours in detail


Reduced library services in August 2017

The TU Wien University Library is migrating to a new library software: ExLibris Alma. This will mean reduced library services around August 10 - 19.

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

Between August 10 and August 19 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
  • titles saved in the "e-shelf" on the catalogue

Inf you still need any of these types of information, take care to export them, e.g. to a bibliographic reference software, before August 10!

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 will inform you in detail about the changes. All persons concerned will receive an e-mail invitatation to these workshops.

Dates: Montay, 26.6.2017 at 14:00 or Friday, 30.6.2017 at 9:30.


If you have any questions, please emial us at


Birkhauser "Basics Online": New architecture ebooks

The complete Birkhauser "Basics" textbook series, at present comprising 32 titles, are now available online on the TU campus.

About Birkhauser "Basics Online": "Basics Online" are German-language textbooks covering the most important areas of architectural studies, such as design, architectural rendering, construction, building services,  professional practice, landscape architecture and urban design.

50 additional titles and 2 new subject areas (building materials, building history) are to follow.

> Birkhäuser Basics Online titles via the library catalogue



DETAIL Inspiration in a new look

On May 3, DETAIL inspiration database was presented in a new look with optimised functions.

The new interface offers improved navigation, more detailed search and filter functionalities and better photos of the architectural projects.

About DETAIL inspiration: The image and reference database DETAIL inspiration uses precise, relevant visual inspirations to support architects in their search for construction solutions. With around 2,000 projects from the past 30 years, DETAIL inspiration is a highly valuable source of research and inspiration for architects.

> Detail Inspiration


Please respect our terms of use!

We should like to remind our patrons that access to and use of the Library's subscription-based electronic resources (databases, electronic journals, and other electronic material) are subject to contractual agreements and licences with vendors, which impose restrictions on use.

All users of these resources must comply with our terms of use, and in particular with copyright restrictions and limitations placed on the amounts that may be downloaded or stored electronically. The commercial use of licensed electronic resources is also a breach of these rules.

> Terms of use of electronic resources


Nano: trial access from May 01, 2017

The University Library offers a campus-wide trial of Nano database by Nature Research from May 01, 2017 until June 30, 2017.

Nano at is the new non-journal product by Nature Research for Nanotechnology. With Nano you can do precise search and gain quick insights at the article level and in manually curated nanomaterial summaries including properties, applications, characterization and preparation methods.

Register for a webinar today! Join a free webinar on May 17 at 11:00 a.m. for a walk through Nano offered by the team of Nano product experts.



Sunday opening hours

To meet repeated requests for longer opening hours, the library main building is open on Sundays from 10.00 to 17.00 on a trial basis starting November 6, initially until the end of February.

The trial period has now been extended to the end of the summer semester 2017.

Exceptions to Sunday opening are Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday. On these days, the library is closed.

We thank all patrons who have given feedback on Sunday opening hours via or our Facebook page.



The institutional repository: reposiTUm

Since mid-2015 the university library offers an institutional repository called reposiTUm to archive open access publications. Already more then 900 documents were made freely available worldwide. 

ReposiTUm offers access to

  • TU Wien theses
  • Open Access Journals of TU Wien
    • The Public Sector
    • Journal for Facility Management (coming soon)
    • Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen
    • Recent notes on labor science and organization
  • Articles in serial works
    • Published gold open access  (immediately freely accessible)
    • Published green open access (by means of secondary publication rights)

The publications were uploaded by the authors as well as the university library staff. Try it yourself at

 An information as part of the 


Fair use of study desks in the library

The Library's 700 study desks are in high demand. For this reason, it is not permitted to reserve seats and tables for unreasonable amounts of time. Unfortunately some of our users have been ignoring this rule.

Therefore, the library has now introduced "parking meters" for the study areas. Library patrons leaving their desks set the time of leaving on the meter. The desk is reserved for the following 30 minutes. After that (or if there is no parking meter on a desk) patrons looking for a free desk may put aside any books or papers left on the desk and use it.

If there is no parking meter on your desk, you can get one at the information desk or the circulation desk.



New database: Building Types online

The library has licensed the database "Building Types online", an English-language online resource for the study and practice of architectural design. 

This database includes a large international collection of contemporary buildings, e. g. housing, office buildings, museums, schools, libraries, and industrial complexes, with a large number of high-resolution plans, drawings and photographs .

Go to:

You can search by: Full text; architect; author; country; building type; building form; urban context; height, and many more. Alternatively you can browse by an elaborate structure of categories including Urban Context, Access System, Building Form, Spatial Configuration, several type-specific categories, and many more.

English-language User Guide (PDF)

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