Library News


Projekt Austrian Transition to Open Access (AT2OA)

TU Wien Bibliothek is a partner in the project "Austrian Transition to Open Access" (AT2OA) to support the transformation of scientific publications from Closed to Open Access.

The AT2OA project partners are examining questions concerning the promotion and financing of "open access" - a free access to scientific publications.

For example, subproject 1 resulted in a study, the transition study, assessing the additional funds needed for an expansion of Open Access at Austrian universities. This study lays the foundations for planning funding of open access to scientific knowledge in Austria. New project results are continuously being published on Zenodo.

TU Wien Bibliothek supports open access publishing at TU Wien, e.g. with the TU Wien publication fund and open access publishing options agreed by TU Wien Bibliothek with publishers. For more information, refer to:


Reduced library services on June 19, 2019

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Library will offer reduced services:

Main Library:

  • The reading rooms are open normally from 08:00 to 22:00
  • The circulation desk is open from 09:00 - 16:00
     - From 16:00, loans can be made using the self issue terminals
     - Books can be returned from 16:00 - 22:00
     - Stack requests will be fulfilled until 15:00
  • The information desk, stack requests desk, and the departments acquisitions, journals & databases and inter-library loans are closed

Urban Design Library:

The Urban Design Library is closed.

Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library:

The Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library is open.

Please note that the Library is also closed on Thursday, June 20, 2019 (public holiday). Return your borrowed items on time or renew your loans to avoid fines.

We apologise for any inconvenience!


Plan S – Open Access initiative presents final plan

From 2021, free access to publicly funded research results will be required by research funders. FWF and ERC are two prominent supporters of cOAlitionS.

Plan S

Launched in November 2018, Plan S was launched as an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. Feedback ws gathered from universitites and research institutions around the world, including TU Wien. More than 600 responses were considered, and the revised final version of Plan S was published at the end of May 2019. Funders are now implementing the guidelines.

The FWF has already informed that Plan S will apply to all research projects submitted after January 01, 2021.

There are 3 ways to fulfil the Open Access requirement:

  • Publication in an open access journal (Gold Open Access)
  • Archiving of the publication in an open access repository without embargo periods, with authors retaining their copyright (Green Open Access)
  • the research institutions and/or funding organisations have concluded a transformative agreement with the publishers that allows open access publication by the authors

Support by TU Wien Bibliothek

TU Wien Bibliothek has already concluded a large number of agreements with publishers and set up an institutional repository, ReposiTUm. For more in formation on open access publishing support by TU Wien Bibliothek, refer to:

cOAlition S

> Plan S
> cOAlition S
> FWF Information on Plan S
> ReposiTUm
> Open Access publishing support at TU Wien


Austrian Standards Platform - new login from June 2019

The Austrian Standards platform "effects 2.0", offering standards in PDF format, is now accessed via the TU Wien authentication portal, with your TISS user and password.

On the first login, users have to register with their name and email address and have to accept the terms and conditions.

Please note that access to "effects 2.0" is restricted to TU Wien staff and students.

> Log in to effects 2.0


"Arts, Design & Architecture": Trial access until June 21, 2019

The TU Wien Bibliothek has arranged a trial access to the ProQuest database "Arts, Design & Architecture" for all TU staff and students until June 21, 2019.

The "Arts, Design & Architecture" Collection includes ProQuest's specialist indexes ARTbibliographies Modern (covering modern and contemporary art), Design & Applied Arts Index (for all aspects of design and crafts), and International Bibliography of Art (covering scholarship on western art history), together with a complementary collection of current full-text journals from ProQuest's Arts & Humanities Database. 

  • ARTbibliographies Modern is the only specialist bibliography available for the study of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century onwards. ARTbibliographies Modern provides deeper coverage of publications on modern artists and movements than any other index.

  • Design & Applied Arts Index is an international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities. Design & Applied Arts Index provides researchers with abstracts and bibliographic records for articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts periodicals from 1973 onwards.

  • International Bibliography of Art is recognized as the world's most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. International Bibliography of Art consists of bibliographic citations, abstracts, and subject indexing drawn from the Getty’s thesaurus and authority files.

> Mehr Informationen über "Arts, Design & Architecture"

> Zur Datenbank "Arts, Design & Architecture"



"Energy & Power Source": Trial access until July 05, 2019

TU Wien Bibliothek has arranged a trial access to "Energy & Power Source" database for all TU staff and students until July 05, 2019.

"Energy & Power Source" is a full-text database of energy and power industry-related content. It provides top journals and magazines focused on petroleum, natural gas, electric power, coal, nuclear power and renewable energy. It also features benchmarks and best practices from top industry players worldwide.

Content includes nearly 400 full-text journals, cover-to-cover indexing for more than 930 publications and hundreds of full-text energy-focused industry and market research reports.

> More information on the database at EBSCO

> Go to "Energy & Power Source" database


Environment Complete: Trial access until July 05, 2019

TU Wien Bibliothek has arranged a trial access to "Environment Complete" database for all TU staff and students until July 05, 2019.

"Environment Complete" is a full-text database for environmental studies. It provides hundreds of environment journals and monographs covering agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, public policy, sustainability and other related subjects. It also includes millions of records and an environmental thesaurus. 

Content includes more than 1,200 full-text journals and monographs, more than 4.2 million records, indexing for more than 2,200 domestic and international journals dating back more than 100 years and nearly 180 full-text monographs.

> More information on the database at EBSCO 

> Go to "Environment Complete" database


"Art & Architecture Complete": Trial access until July 05, 2019

The TU Wien Bibliothek has arranged a trial access to the EBSCO database "Art & Architecture Complete" for all TU staff and students until July 05, 2019.

"Art & Architecture Complete" includes full-text coverage for more thn 360 periodicals dating back to 1937 and additional full-text for 220 books and bibliographical records from more than 790 journals, plus a collection of around 63000 images and illustrations.

Subjects include antiques, archaeology, architecture, conservation and restoration, costume design, decorative arts, graphic arts, interior and landscape design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. 

> More information on the database at EBSCO

> Go to "Art & Architecture Complete" database


OnArchitecture: Trial access until July 05, 2019

TU Wien Bibliothek has arranged a trial access to OnArchitecture database for all TU staff and students until July 05, 2019.

OnArchitecture is an online audiovisual service providing a synthetic, deep and detailed panorama of the world's main authors, works, experiences and problematics related to the field of architecture.

OnArchitecture is an online library of original architecture-related videos intended to support architectural and design education. The collection features video interviews with influential contemporary architects from around the world, who talk directly to the camera about their work, design processes, and the role of architects and architecture in contemporary society. These interviews are supplemented by video portraits of their key projects, both buildings and installations, which attempt to capture the physical experience of the spaces they portray. OnArchitecture provides focused and detailed high-quality content on contemporary architecture with a global perspective.

> More information on the database at EBSCO

> Go to OnArchitecture database


Revised terms of use for TU Wien Bibliothek

Our library manages around 30,000 user accounts and is frequented by up to 4000 visitors daily in the main library. To provide the best possible conditions for our users, some regulations on our services and on using the library are in place. All regulations can be found here:

Bibliotheksordnung (Library Regulations, valid from 06.12.2018)
Benutzungsbestimmungen (Library Terms of Use, valid from 06.12.2018)
Gebührenordnung (Library Scale of Fees, valid from January 2018)

TU Wien Bibliothek tries to avoid having to charge our users overdue fines.

Therefore, one week ahead of the expiry of the standard loan period of four weeks, users receive a reminder to renew their loan or return the item.

Please do not forget to renew your loan or return the item before the loan period expires, as we will have to charge overdue fines once the item is overdue.

If your loans have become overdue, TU Wien Bibliothek will send you four overdue notices at € 4.- per notice per overdue item.

If you have any questions on the use of our services and on our terms of use, please do not hesitate to contact us:


New service: English editing and proofreading

You have your draft paper ready and the only thing that is missing is a language polish, content edit or translations? 

Research and teaching staff at TU Wien now have access to editing services (English, German, further languages) at reduced rates. The external providers – their services are accessible through framework contracts of TU Wien Bibliothek – are specialized on manuscript services for academic and scientific writing.

More information on the offers


New agreement with Wiley

A new agreement the Library has concluded with the major publishing house Wiley has considerably expanded access to Wiley full texts from 73 journals to circa 1500 journals titles.

You now have access on the TU Wien campus to all journals on the Wiley Online Library back to 1997.

Publish your scientific articles open access in Wiley journals - free of charge

Since the beginning of this year, TU Wien authors also have a new "OpenOnline" option, allowing you to publish your scientific articles worldwide free of charge in subscription-based Wiley journals.

These articles are accessible freely online to a worldwide readership on the Wiley Online Library and in scientific databases. This option is available for all manuscripts accepted for publication in Wiley subscription-based journals since the beginning of the year in the publication categories "primary research" or "review articles".

This OpenOnline option can be selected by corresponding authors of an article during the submission process of your article (for a detailed workflow see the Wiley Author Landing Page).

Publication fund still relevant for Wiley publications

In addition to this OpenOnline option for subscription-based journals, Wiley also publishes a number of open access journals. If you are planning to publish in one of these Wiley open acces journals, or other publishers' open access journals, the article processing charge can be covered as before by the publication fund.

For additional information and contacts for advice on the publication fund and on open access publishing, please refer to:

> Wiley Online Library 


Library opens at 8:00am

More time for your studies: From Monday, February 26, 2018, the main library's study and open access areas will be open for all users from 8:00am onwards.

During term time, the extended opening hours will allow you to access the library from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 22:00pm.

As customary, our staff at the circulation desk (loans and returns, ground floor) and from information services (1st floor) are available from 9:00am to 19:00pm.

By continuously aiming to extend its opening hours, the library is reacting to an important need of TU Wien’s students – to have access to reading and studying places as long as possible.

> Full information about our opening hours (weekends, public holidays, semester breaks, etc.)


New charges for late returns

From February 01, 2018,  the library is applying new charges for the late return of borrowed items as specified in the new Scale of Fees document.

The new fines are: € 4.00 per overdue reminder per overdue item. Reminders are sent when items are overdue by 14 days, 28 days and 32 days.

To avoid fines, please take care to return your borrowed books or other items in time, or renew the loan on the online catalogue or by telephone (+43-1-58801-44061).

> Details


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


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.



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



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

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