University Library

The University Library represents the University’s central information unit. It supports studies, teaching and research at the University through the provision and conveyance of printed, electronic and audiovisual information carriers for all areas of studies offered.

The University Library provides its stock to the public for professional and general educational purposes. It promotes the information competence of its users, i.e. the ability to select, employ and critically evaluate information sources via training and individual consulting.

The University Library is open to the (general) public. All of its stocks are searchable through the online catalogue, may be used in the reading rooms and to a predominant extent may be borrowed for use at home.

Opening Hours of the library, Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7:
Mon - Thu: 9:30 - 18:30
Fri: 9:30 - 16:00

Special reading room:
Tue + Wed: 10:00 - 13:00
Thu: 15:00 - 18:00

Opening hours during Christmas Break:
Fri, Dec. 14th 2018: 9.30 - 13.00
Mon, Dec. 17th 2018: 9.30 - 18.30
Tue, Dec. 18th 2018: 9.30 - 18.30
Wed, Dec. 19th 2018: 9.30 - 18.30
Thu, Dec. 20th 2018: 9.30 - 13.00
Fri, Dec. 21st 2018: 9.30 - 13.00

From December 22nd 2018 to January 6th 2019 the Library remains closed.
The University Library offers

  • ca. 135.000 monographs (focus areas are art, architecture and design of the 20th and 21st century)
  • more than 400 journal subscriptions
  • ca. 950 online journals and 25 online databases, which are accessible on the campus resp. for students and teachers also from outside via VPN
  • a media library with about 10.200 DVDs and video tapes (artist videos, movies, documentaries)
  • steadily growing number of e-books
  • Special collections: artists books / female-specific and feminist literature / source literature on surrealism / japanese woodcut books / partial legacy of Clemens Holzmeister
  • Bbooks of articles not available at the library may be ordered from other libraries as inter-library-loans
  • Trainings in library use, mailing list for current information
  • Support for individual research; enquiry services
  • Study desks, workplaces for online search, audio/video/DVD players, copy/print/scan facilities
FAQ Loans

  • Loan card available at the main reading room upon presentation of student card (for students) or photo identification (for all other persons) and official registration certificate as a proof of address
  • Loan period: 28 days
  • Loan limit: 15 items
  • Special conditions for students writing theses or dissertations
  • Loan renewals via supA [Suchportal Angewandte] or telephone (01/71133-2268) only possible, if loan period has not expired
  • Book container for books returned outside opening hours
  • Reservation via internet possible, confirmation by e-mail, book held back for 5 opening days
  • Order for books from cellar stores via e-mail to possible

For information please contact: Mag. Irene Schwarz, phone: 01 / 711 33 - 2275 or 2268.
The new Library of the Applied Arts offers free access to their substantial collections. Media and communication sciences (graphic design, film and photography), art history, fashion, sculpture, painting, artists monographs and architecture are housed within the Reading Room.
All other subjects can be found in Room 2.
In addition to these collections there is an inventory of magazines from which borrowing requests can be made.

The Library uses the Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK) which was originally developed in the 1960’S as an in-house system for the University Library of Regensburg.  There are now more than 140 institutions in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland who cooperate with each other to continue its development.

Books are marked on the spine with a yellow stripe or the old systems labels and use the RVK signature consisting of a two letter (main grouping) and number (specific grouping) combination which define the thematic classification. The indexing codes allow the location of a book to be clearly defined within the entire library.
Group A – General, is subdivided into groups, for example in AP for Media and Communication Sciences, Communication Design, AP 94200 stands for general works of history of photography or in ZH, the main group for Architecture, ZH 6230 represents museum construction.
In order to differentiate between individual media within the thematic groups, one or more further alphanumeric identifiers ("Cutter-Sanborn notation", CSN for short) are appended to the thematic notation. The basis for the alphanumeric key is the name or the term, so an author's books on a topic - that is, with the same notation – can be grouped together.
In some cases, the notation is preceded by a local code. This indicates a specific location for example "Hb /", which identifies manuals/reference books, or the local flag "Kü /", which identifies the works of artists from the respective Department. These are preceded by the respective notation without "Kü /".
Spill the beans
The Advent season has arrived in the library. This year we created a special offer for book lovers. We give away three books every day in December. All you have to do is to find the red covered door of the day in the magazine section and choose your favorite book.
Sounds good? Come by an share a smile.

Books, we give away:

Absencen - Beatrix Bakondy, Christian Knechtl

Alte Meister, junge Meister - Jan Svenungsson, Herwig Tachezi, Michael Schneider

Art & design education in times of change: conversations across cultures - Ruth Mateus-Berr, Luise Reitstätter, D'Art - Zentrum für Fachdidaktik Österreich

Bildobjektroman: Projekte von Studierenden und AbsolventInnen der Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien - Beatrix Sunkovsky, Ferdinand Schmatz

Bits to pieces: a project by the faculty members of the Department of Digital Arts, University of Applied Arts Vienna - Ruth Schnell, Wolfgang Fiel, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Abteilung Digitale Kunst, Moskovskaja Biennale Sovremennogo Iskusstva, Moskau

Endless Kiesler - Klaus Bollinger, Florian Medicus, Österreichische Friedrich und Lillian Kiesler Privatstiftung

Enzyklopädie der Medien : 1. Architektur und Medien : die Künste des Raumes im Zeitalter der Medien - Peter Weibel, Greta Garle, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien

Enzyklopädie der Medien : 2. Musik und Medien : vom Klang im technischen Zeitalter - Peter Weibel, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Garderobe : Magazin #1, print special, Winter 2015/16 ; ein Ausstellungs- und Diskursprojekt des /ecm-Lehrgangs der Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien - Johannes Mantl, Martina Affenzeller, Gerald Bast, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien

Glas_experimente : Glasgalerie Geyling, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Stölzle Glascenter Bärnbach - Gerald Bast, Michaela Martinek, Barbara Putz-Plecko, Markus Ahrens, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien

Grafikdesign von der Wiener Moderne bis heute - von Kolo Moser bis Stefan Sagmeister - Anita Kern, Bernadette Reinhold, Patrick Werkner, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Expositur Heiligenkreuzerhof

Großgesichtiges Kind - Esther Dischereit

Houses & homes - Paolo Piva, Elena Angelini

Ich möchte, dass es mich etwas angeht: die Suche nach Erinnerung - Esther Dischereit, Ferdinand Schmatz, Institut für Sprachkunst

Kunst und Forschung : können Künstler Forscher sein? - Janet Ritterman, Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat

Lebenslinien - Renate Kordon, Diane Shooman

Living rooms: Politik der Zugehörigkeiten im Wiener Gemeindebau - Florian Bettel, Julia Mourão Permoser, Sieglinde Rosenberger

Malerei in Bewegung - Franziska Bruckner

Massive attack: IOA Sliver lecture series: selected friends and enemies - Wolf D. Prix, Kristy Balliet

Monumental weiblich - Ulrike Truger, Angelica Bäumer

Museumsdepots - Stefan Olah, Martina Grießer, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien

Nature and numbers: a mathematical photo shooting - Georg Glaeser

Politik und Poetik des Entwerfens: Kulturtechnik der Handzeichnung - Gert Hasenhütl

Secret passion : Künstler und ihre Musik-Leidenschaften ; artists and their musical desires -
Gabriele Koller, Edek Bartz, Gerald Bast, ...

Texte zur bildenden Kunst - Gerda Fassel

Urban wilderness: Begegnung mit urbaner Natur, encounter urban nature - Roland Maurmair
Pleas note: varying opening hours and closing days during Christmas break!