Vienna library guide

“A library is a living and growing organism of past and future knowledge. The library card is a passport to the world of knowledge”, someone once said. 

Reading about culture opens your eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors and that’s one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia and ignorance.

I spend most of my free time at libraries, either to study for university or to simply enjoy reading some books. I want to present you my 5 favorite places to study in Vienna:

#1 Historical libraries at the main University of Vienna / Next to the world-famous main library there are more small and even more beautiful libraries at the main building of Uni Vienna. One I tend to stay at for sometimes 10 hours a day is the library of German and Scandinavian studies. The reading room is not huge and therefore you will be able to study in peace without any disturbing rumors. I also like the fact that the library is quite dark and you have only got a small light at your table. That helps a lot to concentrate on your papers and books. Another great library in the main Uni Vienna building is the department library of History. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to visit that one until now but it’s on my library list.

Adress: Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna (metro/tram station: “Schottentor”)

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#2 Library at the Museum of applied arts / The reading room of the museum is another great place to study. I prefer going to this library during the weekend as it’s open on Saturdays and even on Sundays (which is extraordinary in Vienna). The room is bright and you can’t hear any noises. The books are interesting as well, most of them are about art, architecture, design and fashion. Their magazine collection includes Art & Antiques, Art Review, The Art Newspaper and AD (Architectural Digest). 

Adress: Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna (metro stations: U3 “Stubentor”, U4″Landstraße”)

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#3 Austrian National Library / Mainly known for its state rooms which are only meant for visits, the National Library offers many other rooms for studying. You can access to it with an annual card which costs 10€. The modern rooms are bright and open every day from 9 am to 9 pm. I’m often studying here on weekends or late at night when there are less people. 

Adress: Heldenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna (metro station U2 “Volkstheater”, tram station “Dr Karl Renner Ring”)

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#4 Art History Library / As an Art History student I spend a lot of time at this library searching for books and writing uni papers. If you ever need some good art books or city guides (mainly for Italian cities) you should pay a visit to this library. The reading room is great as well, there’s enough light and space but sometimes it’s a bit noisy. Nonetheless I like studying at the art history department library. 

Adress: Uni campus, Spitalgasse 2-4/ Garnisongasse 13 (Hof 9), 1090 Vienna

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#5 Archaeology Library / Lately I started attending courses in Classical Archaeology and I discovered the amazing library. Even tough it’s small you will always find a place to study in between interesting books about Greek and Roman archaeology. 

Adress: Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1190 Vienna (metro station U6 “Nußdorfer Straße” or tram lines 37/38 “Glatzgasse”)

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