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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://repositum.tuwien.ac.at/obvutwoa/wiki/uploadselect
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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 .
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.