Library News


Main Library: building work from August 19 - October 04, 2019

Renovation work in the Main Library stairwell scheduled for August 19 - October 04, 2019, will cause noise, vibrations and dust.

We will ensure that the impact on our patrons is kept to a minimum and apologise for any disruptions that cannot be avoided.

Please note that ear plugs are available from the vending machine on the ground floor.


Research and Publishing: Workshops WS 19/20

TU Wien Bibliothek is offering workshops for TU Wien researchers and PhD students in the winter semester 2018/2019 focussing on "Publishing and Open Science".

Scheduled workshops:

01.10.2019 09:00 Data management and research ethics

12.11.2019 14:00 Open access, free of charge: self-archiving. How to publish open access via a repository

12.11.2019 10:00 Kostenfreies Open-Access mit Selbstarchivierung. Die Zweitveröffentlichung von Publikationen in Repositorien (German language)

26.11.2019 10:00 ORCID and your digital identity as a researcher

14.01.2019 15:00 Wie werden Ihre Publikationen beurteilt: Überblick bibliometrischer Kennzahlen (German language)

On-demand courses (contact us to fix a date):

Open access publishing – an overview. Current developments and support for researchers | Open-Access-Publizieren – ein Überblick. Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Angebote für Wissenschaftler_innen (English or German language)

Publishing with TU Wien Academic Press | Publizieren bei TU Wien Academic Press (English or German language)

> Details and registration


Focus on FAIR - FAIR Data and the Eurpopean Open Science Cloud

The international workshop series "Focus on Open Science" will take place at Graz University of Technology this year and will foucs on FAIR data, that is, research data and metadata that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable.

The organisers cordially invite you to attend the one-day workshop "Focus on FAIR - FAIR Data and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)", hosted by Graz University of Technology on 07 November 2019.  

TU Wien Bibliothek is pleased to announce that TU Wien will be participating in the "Focus on Open Science" series again next year.

Date: 07 November 2019

Place: Aula, Graz University of Technology, Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz, Austria

Programme and registration:

Registration is free but numbers are limited, so please register soon!



Opening hours during the summer vacations

During the summer vacations, reduced library opening hours are offered at the Main Library from July 01 to August 31, 2019, and at the Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library from July 08 to August 31, 2019. The Urban Design Library is closed from July 21 - August 22, 2019.


Main Library opening hours (July 01  - August 31):

Library building, open access areas:

Monday - Friday:        08:00 - 19:00
Saturday/Sunday:      closed

Circulation desk (ground floor) and information desk (1st floor)

Monday - Friday:        09:00 - 16:00
Saturday/Sunday:      closed

Please note:

  • Requested items are fetched from the closed stacks on the full hour between 9:00 and 15:00.
  • Loaned items can be returned from 16:00 to 19:00 on the ground floor with security service staff.
  • Books and journals that are not for loan have to be returned at the stack requests desk (1. floor) before 16:00.

> Normal opening hours from September 01, 2019

Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering Library opening hours (July 08 - August 31):

Monday - Friday:        09:00 - 14:00 (and by appointment)
Saturday/Sunday:      closed

> Normal opening hours from September 01, 2019

Urban Design Library opening hours (July 21 - August 11):

July 21 - August 11, 2019: closed


> Opening hours during the summer vacations


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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