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

Varying Opening Hours during Semester Break: Feb. 4th - March 3rd 2019:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9:30 - 13:00
Wed 9:30 - 18:30 

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 /".

Please note: Varying Opening Hours during Semester Break:

February 4th - March 3rd 2019
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9.30 - 13.00
Wed 9.30 - 18.30

Due to a team meeting the Library remains closed on April 2nd 2019.