Dear readers! 

It is unnecessary to mention that the past weeks certainly have not been the easiest so far. Nevertheless we want to emphasize that switching into a functioning alternate.mode  was successful due to the efforts of so many people involved– Thank you very much to them! 

The university library was also anything but inactive and tried from its home office to keep the business going as well as possible. With great pleasure we are able to announce: Beginning on Monday, 20th April 2020  there will be limited access to  the librarys`media items! Please note the following rules and procedures in order to be united with your loved books once again: 
  • All due dates of books borrowed before the lockdow were postponed until the June, 2nd 2020! 
  • Solely students, professors and academic personal of the University of Applied Arts  may currently order and borrow media items! 
  • The maximum quantity is 15 media items per order. 
  • Send your order via Mail to:
  • Note that only books from the locations Reading Room and Room 2 can be ordered and borrowed! Media items from the Off-site stack are not available! 
  • Please indicate the title, Collection‘, Call no.‘ and ‚Shelf classif.‘ of every media item!  
  • Books which are part of a Course reading-shelf („Handapparat“) can be borrowed – the respective lecturer  has to give his permission in advance via E-Mail to the student and in cc!
  • You will receive an E-mail  when your order can be picked up! 
  • You can collect your order on tuesdays and on thursdays between 14:00-18:00!
  • If you cannot pick up your order by yourself, please indicate the name of the person doing so in your order-E-Mail! 
  • If you currently do not have a library card, please indicate this in your order-E-Mail . We will add a temporarily limited library card to your order. 
  • Please bring your own carrier-bags with you! 
  • Please enter the auditorium of Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7 via the sideways entrance in the courtyard. Bring an identity card  – you will have to identify to Security-personal at the entrance. 
  • Please fill out the corresponding form  to pick up your books and confirm the collection with your signature. 
We know, that the afore-mentioned procedures cost  patience and energy. There are no precedence scenarios  and therefore we ask for your patience and understanding. The procedures  will be adapted if practical experience demands it. We therefore apologise for any inconvenience and ask for your understanding! In the spirit of a mutual solidarity we will deal with the current situation! Stay healthy! 
Sincerely yours, 
University Library for Applied Arts


Dear reader,
due to the closure of our library, we’d like to draw your attention to our wide range of electronic books, journals and databases. We do hope this will be of help to you while we’re closed. 
Please note: Access to electronic library collections outside the university’s network is only available to students and staff of the Angewandte via VPN.  
You can find guidance here (German only).
In the supA database tab (search portal Angewandte), you can browse through our library’s licensed databases and e-journals or search for other electronic resources. 

You can limit your search by selecting the required subject area next to the search box. In addition to “All Databases”, you can select the following: Fine Arts, Architecture and Design, Theatre and Film, Humanities and Social Sciences.
You can search for e-journals here as well.

If you click the menu item “Find databases”, you can create your own selection from the list of all available databases by ticking the relevant boxes. 
The menu item “Find databases” also provides an alphabetical list of all our library’s licensed databases, including reference databases, full-text databases and online encyclopedias. Just click the name of the selected database to continue your search.
Please note: It is not possible to search through all of the databases using supA. These are marked as “nicht in supA” (not available in supA) in the list and can be opened by directly clicking their name. 

Hint: We recommend using English search terms, as many of the electronic resources available here are in English.
The Database Info System DBIS (German only) offers a list of databases in the order of their subjects, including databases licensed by the library and open access databases plus a brief description of their content and a link to the relevant database.

After clicking “Kunstgeschichte” (Art History), for example, the following list appears:

E-journals and e-books
You can search for electronically accessible journals and books in Catalog or Catalog+.
In the Catalog: Click on “Advanced search” and select “Electronic resources” to show the list of available e-journals, e-books etc. Please note that you cannot search the content of those electronic resources here. Please go to Catalog+ to do a full-text search.

Optionally, you can filter your search results under “Media Type” afterwards. Select the required media type to show all available e-books and e-journals.

You can extend your search by going to Catalog+. In addition to printed media, you have access to all available journal articles, book chapters and essays, etc. licensed by the library or which are openly accessible. You can also start a full-text search in e-journals and e-books.  

You can also get an overview of which e-journals are available in our library here: Electronic Journals Library (EZB).

Select an e-journal and click on its title to start your full-text search.

Hint: In addition to our library’s licensed e-journals, you will also find a list of all available open access journals. Tick the “freely available” box to the right of the list of journals’ subject areas. 

If you have any queries or require assistance in connection with your search for literature, we’ll be glad to help you:

Databases and E-Books

Here you will find a list of databases which are made available free of charge during the Covid-19 phase by the providers or publishers for the students and members of the Angewandte.
The entries are constantly updated.


Overview of extended offers

“Vendor COVID-19 Related Donations and Pro Bono Access”
Contains overviews of databases

cooperative Dbis-list offering expanded content during COVID19-pandemic.
Alphabetical overview
Important: Access to some of these databases is only possible for students and staff of the Angewandte via VPN. Instructions for installing the VPN can be found here.
(open for all)
Collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts
(offer until end of May!)

Bloomsbury Collections (10,000 E-books, fashion included)
(offer until end of May!)

Bloomsbury Fashion Central (Berg FL, Fairchiled, Business Cases, Photography Archive)
(offer until end of May!)

Bloomsbury Design Library
(offer until end of May!)

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is a leading digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design.
(offer until end of May!)
•Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st Edition
• 40+ scholarly eBook Collection
•Individual building pages bring together the most essential information about the world's most important buildings all in one place
•Sir Banister Fletcher Glossary
•Clickable world map
•Interactive timeline

Bloomsbury Screen Studies is a dynamic digital platform taking users from script to screen and beyond – offering a broad range of content from Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and the British Film Institute to support moving-image studies.
(offer until end of May!)
•A growing number of iconic and contemporary screenplays, presented in industry-standard studio format
•Authoritative coverage of works by leading filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Agnes Varda, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, providing insight into professional and creative practice
•Instant access to over 2890 critical and contextual eBooks, on a diverse range of genres, regions, themes, and filmmakers- including practical instruction on screenwriting and filmmaking
•Modular collections offering access to highly respected titles from the British Film Institute
•An illustrated timeline of cinema history which enhances contextual understanding of key events in film production, culture, and technologies, with links to related content throughout the resource
•Powerful advanced search, tailored taxonomy, and personalization features, allowing users to discover and save content relevant to their work with ease
•Browse by people; themes; genres, movements, and styles; or content types including screenplays or books – ideal for different approaches to research or independent study

DeGruyter EBooks
Books can be read here until the year of publication 2016. For books published after 2017, please contact for a purchase request.
Ebook Central (Proquest)
(offer until June 15)
To support this urgent need, ProQuest has partnered with more than 150 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.
ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 get unlimited access to all owned titles from these publishers through mid-June. This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – have automatically converted to unlimited access for that period, helping librarians bridge the gap for their patrons in this rapidly changing environment. The unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through mid-June. 

Edward Elgar Books
(offer until mid Mai)
No registration necessary.
Be sure to click on "All accessible content" or "Open access content" (filters on the left hand side)!

Expanded access to JSTOR during COVID-19 crisis until June 30, 2020.

  • Expanded access to books: With support from dozens of publisher partners, more than 35,000 books are available at no charge for JSTOR participating academic institutions.The number of titles available through this effort is growing as more publishers opt in.
  • Extended browser pairing on JSTOR and Artstor: If a user visited either site from their campus network within the last 30 days, their off-campus access from the same browser will be extended through June 30 instead of the normal 30 days.
  • 6,000 free selected articles related to COVID-19: JSTOR editors collaborated with our participating publishers to build a selection of 6,000 journal articles related to COVID-19 and make them freely available. The selection draws from disciplines across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences to cover the far reaching impact of pandemics, from the money we spend to the food we eat.
  • Free read-online access expanded to 100 articles: To support independent researchers at a time when they are unable to get to physical libraries, we have expanded our free read-online access from 6 to 100 free articles per month.
  • Tools for teaching remotely with JSTOR: As classrooms and libraries have gone online-only, we created a bootstrap resource to help faculty find content and organize it for distance teaching, and included a list of pointers they can share with students to help them do research, write, and study from home.
Ohio State Press
(no registration necessary)
In an effort to support instructors and students in a seamless transition to remote learning arrangements and support its mission to disseminate top-quality, globally relevant scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, The Ohio State University Press has opened up access to all scholarly monographs and its Language Files linguistics textbook, now in its twelfth edition and widely adopted across the world. The monographs and Language Files in this collection are open and free to use.

Overview of free offers, which are always available

Alphabetical overview

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB)

The goal of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is to offer everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany. As a central, national portal, the DDB is aiming to bring together and network digital content from all of Germany’s cultural and scientific institutions. The DDB should secure Germany’s connectivity and competitiveness in the areas of science, research and education, but also make it possible for anyone to access Germany’s unique cultural heritage and knowledge conveniently via one central point of entry. The fact that this entire wealth of information is now at our fingertips, centrally accessible to anyone who can use a PC workstation with an Internet connection, independent of time and location, constitutes a fundamental improvement to our opportunities in the areas of research, education and the economy.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) 
Directory of Open Access Books is a joint service of OAPEN, OpenEdition, CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université.

Access more than 150 scholarly and cultural journals: Arts, Economics, History, Literature, Psychology, etc

At Europeana we work with thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research. 
Europeana provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.

Gale COVID-19 resource center
Like you, Gale is closely monitoring the global spread and impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). First and foremost, our thoughts are with you and all those directly impacted by this outbreak. We realize how hard you and your colleagues are working to respond to rapidly changing conditions—considering the health and safety of your learners first, followed by a focus on continuity of curriculum.
We want to help. Being there for our education community is something we strive for every day, and this crisis is no exception.
Based on what we’ve heard from our partners so far, we’ve pulled together resources we think you’ll find useful right away. Check back often. This page will be continually updated as we learn more.

Note: If you're planning to share these resources with students, faculty, patrons, or other people in your community, please let them know they may be prompted to enter with a password. The password for all is "open".

(open access)
Gallica is one of the major digital libraries available for free via the Internet. It provides access to any type of document: printed documents (books, press and magazines) in image and text mode, manuscripts, sound and iconographic documents, maps and plans.
Gallica is intended to all readers, whether users just having a look, booklovers, students or academics.

German Digital Library (Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek)
The goal of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is to offer everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany. As a central, national portal, the DDB is aiming to bring together and network digital content from all of Germany’s cultural and scientific institutions. The DDB should secure Germany’s connectivity and competitiveness in the areas of science, research and education, but also make it possible for anyone to access Germany’s unique cultural heritage and knowledge conveniently via one central point of entry. The fact that this entire wealth of information is now at our fingertips, centrally accessible to anyone who can use a PC workstation with an Internet connection, independent of time and location, constitutes a fundamental improvement to our opportunities in the areas of research, education and the economy.

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books 

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.

Access to unlicensed collections at no cost for participating academic institutions that currently license some, but not all, JSTOR Archive and Primary Source collections. 
More than 35,000 books available at no charge for JSTOR participating academic institutions and secondary schools that do not participate in our books program. The number of books available through this effort is growing daily as more publishers opt in.

JSTOR in Open Acess: free to use for everybody

Open Access News:

  • JSTOR has digitized 680 out-of-print titles from El Colegio de México Press: Thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these titles have been made accessible on an open access basis.
  • Open Access model for monographs: A pilot program project led by Latin American Research Resources Project (LARRP) is testing a framework for sustainable, long-term stewardship of Open Access scholarly monographs, developed and supported by the library community. 200 of CLACSO's titles in 17 disciplines across the social sciences and humanities are available on JSTOR!

Many Books
Portfolio in etwa dem von Project Gutenberg vergleichbar, aber vielfältigere Formate zur Auswahl.
Catalog of public domain books.

Open Textbook Library
Openly-licensed, peer-reviewed textbooks.  

100.000+ books on hebrew

Library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
Directory of public domain books. Currently blocked due to copyright disputes

popular science literature

Taylor & Francis partners with world-class authors, from leading scientists and researchers, to scholars and professionals operating at the top of their fields. Together, we publish in all areas of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine sectors. We are one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, text books and reference works.

E-Books for kids



On this page we have listed links to e-journal databases for you. Many operators have decided to activate their offer during the Corona crisis.
The entries are constantly updated.

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon – Allgemeine Künstlerdatenbank (AKL) Online (De Gruyter)
The database Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online / Artists of the World Online is the world's most contemporary, reliable and extensive reference work on artists. It contains authoritative, up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists. (für die Angewandte lizensiert)
Design Science 
Open Access-Zeitschrift der Cambridge University Press
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Directory of Open Access international journals
Duke University Press 
"We would like to share our reading lists, which offer free content (included is Navigating the Threat of Pandemic)"
Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)
Directory of licenced an open access e-journals
Business information, press database and media monitoring. With costs, limited research in newspaper archives possible.

Project MUSE
In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.
Students can access the temporaily-free content by entering searches here The content will automatically be included in the search results.
Oxford Journals 


Open access publication from SAGE. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
University of California Press journals
(temporary offer until Juni 2020!)
In recognition of the impact of coronavirus on campus instruction and the rise of unplanned distance learning, University of California Press is pleased to make all of our online journals content free to all through June 2020.
Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB) 
Comprehensive directory of paper and electronic editions of German university libraries.


On this page we have listed links to e-newspaper databases for you. Many operators have decided to activate their offer during the Corona crisis.
The entries are constantly updated.
Google News
Newspaper search engine. National and worldwide. With alert service.
Michael Mandelartz
Newspaper archive.
Todays Frontpages. International.

Online Newspapers
Worldwide directory of newspapers.
Search for newspaper articles. National and worldwide.

Wiener Digitarium 
Oldest still existing daily newspaper in the world has been digitized.

E-Resources subjects guide


Emergency Library

Vienna, Austrian State Archiv
Berlin, State Archive
“Wir stellen Quellen aus unseren Beständen vor, die auch online genutzt werden können.”

Libraries (Onleihe)
The digital services of the libraries are now available free of charge - as long as the libraries are closed. If you would like to use the libraries' digital services, please send an e-mail to the following address: The e-mail must contain first name, surname, date of birth and e-mail address.

Photographs, Pictures

CC Commonssearch
Search for public domain images.
Google Bildersuche 
With tracking. But with reverse search and search for images with free license (in the expert search).
Photo repository.
Repository with freely usable images.
Ohne Tracking.
Repository with freely usable images.
Visual Hunt
Metasearch for freely usable images.


The portal for cinema and film culture.
Media centre for Westphalia.
Fondazione Cineteca Italiana 
Only after registration.
Filmmuseum Wien
"Wochenschauen"(Cinema Nedelia and Cinama-Pravda by Dziga Vertov. 1910s and 1920s, "Wochenschau" series Austria in sound and vision 1935-1937, ...)
Footage of World War I, National Socialism in Austria
in person: Video documents 1975-2015: Filmmakers talk about their works (e.g. VALIE EXPORT about Expanded Cinema projects)
"Heimkino" (home cinema)

Medienwerkstatt Vienna

Offenes Archiv (Open Archive)
freier Zugang zu 50 Filmen
Moviemento City Kino
Short films
Only after registration.

National Film Preservation Founation
American silent-era films


Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020 
Virtual exhibition tours.


The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
ZKM podcasts
Listen and see reports on our exhibitions, interviews with artists and curators, or documentaries on exhibited works - our podcast channels offer exciting facts about the contents of the ZKM.
Virtual museum - Online exhibitions
Audios and videos of cultural and contemporary history.
Experience Bruegel paintings of the KHM in high resolution on interactive website.
Naturhistorisches Museum
Virtual museum visit.
Salzburger Kunstverein
"There is the Highlights programme of previous exhibitions, events, and lectures at the Salzburger Kunstverein (since 2014)."
"our currently closed exhibitions have been put on our website, where the public can experience the work of Austrian artist Gernot Wieland and Irish artist Declan Clarke. This includes videos, text and images of the artists’ work." 
Link collection


Educational videos

Part of the catalogue freely accessible.
Videos about Experiments.
Academic Earth 
Rethink Education: Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.
Other platforms for videos
Google Video
Meta search via various video portals and media libraries.
Search engine for contents of podcasts and videos. Use advanced search to link terms.
Video portal

Open Culture
Google Arts & Culture 
offers virtual tours through museums and exhibitions.
Kreativprogramm Salzburger Kunstverein 
"Last but not least we recommend the online Creative Programme of ARTgenossen (Art Education Team in the Künstlerhaus)! They regularly give creative tips on their Social Media channels (Facebook, Instagram), all which can be easily done with materials at home. There is also the “A Crazy Spring Poem” contest, initiated together with Robert Kleindienst." 
Member Zone Salzburger Kunstverein
"We have developed a Members Zone, where artists who are members of the Salzburger Kunstverein can showcase their work and have links to their websites." 


ATTENTION: the library is closed until further notice! See above!

The library of the University of Applied Arts Vienna is open to the public.

It is located on the top floor of Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7 and is available at the following times:

Mon - Thu                  09.30 - 18.30
Fri 09.30 - 16.00
Sat, Sun closed


Information and Advice

  • for general information about our services you can either visit us in person, or call us under 01/711 33 2268, or send us an E-Mail
  • for in-depth literature research or individual advice, please contact Frau Mag. Irene Schwarz either in person, or by phone 01/711 33 2268, or by E-Mail

The Premises

  • reading room: 30.000 books in open access
  • 11 research workstations
  • 43 reading places
  • 5 study carrels (visually isolated workplaces)
  • 2 separate rooms for learning and working
  • news lounge with current daily papers and more than 400 magazines and journals
  • extensive media library
  • special collections reading room
  • copy room, scanning options

Search & Find

  • all media (printed or online) can be researched on use of supA [Suchportal Angewandte] recherchierbar
  • wide range of electronic journals and online databases


  • most of our media may be borrowed
  • open access media: no need to pre-order; browse the shelves sorted by subject areas
  • media items held in the off-site stacks: books from the lending collection: order online, media items from the non-lending collection: pre-order by E-Mail, available on the next library opening day
  • media items in other university facilities: for information regarding the appropriate terms of use please contact us either in person, or call us under 01/711 33 2268, or send an E-Mail


  • access for members of the Angewandte using their matriculation number or personnel number
  • via EDUROAM for members of universities participating in the EDUROAM project


  • barrier-free
  • mandatory use of cloakroom
  • photo ID and proof of residence required
  • free of charge for members of Austrian universities and advanced technical colleges, plus for pupils of academic secondary schools or colleges of higher vocational education
  • other entitled persons: monthly library card at 5 Euro, annual library card at 15 Euro

Stack Room Contents

  • items require ordering by E-Mail or online
  • available on the following workday
  • may be booked for 1 week

Other University Facilities

  • for information about the respective terms of use please contact us either in person, or by telephone under 01/711 33 2268, or by E-Mail

Stock in Open Access

  • most of it may be borrowed
  • no need to order; browse the shelves which are sorted by subject areas
  • floor plan

Persons Entitled to Borrow Media

  • members of Austrian universities and and senior colleges
  • EU citizens with main residence in Austria
  • other persons: deposit payment of 250 Euros
  • persons under the age of 18: Submit the legal guardian’s Haftungserklärung (declaration of liability)

Loan Period

  • 28 days
  • 15 separate media items (5 media items in case of deposit payment)
  • option to extend the loan period prior to the due date on use of supA [Suchportal Angewandte] or by E-Mail
  • separate regulations for diploma students/graduates and in-house university members

Overdue Fines

  • 2 Euros per reminder plus 0.20 Euro per medium and opening day - from the due date onwards

Reference Holdings - the non-lending collection contains:

  • Magazines and journals, loose-leaf editions and reference works
  • media items published prior to 1945
  • artists’ books, portfolios (MW) as well as particularly valuable and hard to replace media items
  • media items that are available in the course reserve collection rooms

Return Box in the Library’s Cloak Room Area

  • media items can be returned outside of library opening hours
  • media will be booked back in on the next opening day

Media Reservation

Introductory Courses

Due to COVID-19 measures, guided library tours and research workshops cannot take place in situ and will instead be carried out in form of a Webinar (in german only). Please see our new menu item Webinar (german website) for dates and further information.

The library carries out courses and trainings to acquire information competence, which are available to all visitors - from new students to experienced library users and information experts. In order to support you in your research, we offer the following:

Fixed Dates for Library Use
Each semester the library offers guided tours at fixed dates for new library users, plus research workshops for experienced users. Please find below the current dates.
Guided Tours for Groups and Classes
Guided tours for groups and training in research (at the Angewandte as well as at other universities or advanced technical colleges) for teaching courses may be arranged at any time. This service is also available to school teachers who may book at any time a guided tour or research training, free of charge, for their classes.
To arrange a date or for more detailed information, please contact:  Mag. Irene Schwarz Tel.: 71133-2275, E-mail:
Research Workshops for Institutes
The library will come to you. For institutes within the University, we offer tailor-made information courses regarding the services and research options of the library catalogue and databases.
To arrange a date or for more detailed information, please contact:  Mag. Irene Schwarz Tel.: 71133-2275, E-mail:

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
  • media items held in the off-site stacks: books from the lending collection: order online, media items from the non-lending collection: pre-order by E-Mail, available on the following opening day

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
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 /".
In case you cannot find a book, a newspaper or a DVD you need for your studies, please let us know.

Make a wish:

Please tell us the title, the author and if possible the ISBN.

Your library team

Special collections

Artists' books
Small editions designed by artists, rare exhibition catalogues, books incorporating special materials or insertions. 4.401 items (by 2014). Dara Birnbaum, Christian Boltanski, Hanne Darboven, Dan Graham, Jenny Holzer, Ilja Kabakov, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Matt Mullican, Dieter Roth, Laurence Weiner, Christopher Wool, ...
These items are indexed as „Künstlerbuch" (searchable in supA [Suchportal Angewandte]).

Women-related literature
"Virtual library". Monographs on female artists, architects, designers, photographers, ... , feminist art theory, feminist disciplines, iconography of female depictions, gender discussions, women’s studies, women’s galleries, ...
These items are indexed by the following codes (searchable in supA [Suchportal Angewandte]):


FM Monographs on female artists (fine arts, architecture, design, photography, ...)
FK Feminist theory of art, feminist art criticism, women in art and architecture, reference books, exhibition catalogues, ...
FI Iconography of female depictions
FG Sex, gender, socialization, sexuality, eroticism, morals
FF Feminism (general works), women’s studies, women’s movement, women’s history, women’s galleries
FW Feminist disciplines (literature, film and theatre studies, musicology); women in film, theatre, literature, music, philosophy, ethnology, cultural history, ...
FL Female life-style, women art collectors, ...
Illustrative materials
Approximately 100 collections and 500 single plates dating from the 19th century - ornaments, depictions of nature, facsimile editions of art and craft objects.

Original literature of Surrealism. About 250 monographies and magazines, e.g. by André Breton, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst.

History of fashion and costume
located at the Department of History and Theory of Costume.

Conservation and restoration
Located at the Department of Conservation and Restoration, and at the Department of Technical Chemistry.

Clemens Holzmeister Estate
Written material, plans and drawings, photographs, slides.


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