The Library maintains a collection of about 680,000 books and about 150,000 eBooks.

The WU University Library is not only the largest economics and business library in Austria, it also ranks among the most extensive libraries of its kind in the German-speaking world. The WU Library collection focuses on business and management, economics, law (particularly business law), information systems, mathematics and statistics, economic geography and economic history, sociology, and business education.

Printed Books

The WU University Library's collection of printed volumes is stored at four branch locations that focus on different topics and disciplines.

You need a WU student ID card or a library card to enter the libraries and to borrow materials. Please use the WU Catalog to search the WU Library collection for printed books.

Support on searching for books in the WU catalog can be found in the WU Library’s eLearning program.


Search and Download

To find eBooks use the WU Catalog. In general our eBooks are of PDF-documents which can be donwloaded and/or printed.

Support on searching for eBooks in the WU catalog can be found in the WU Library’s eLearning program.


Our electronic resources (databases, eJournals, and eBooks) can be used by WU students, faculty, and staff as well as all other WU library patrons. For details on available access options, please see the table below.

 WU students, faculty, and staffExternal library patrons
On the PCs in the WU libraries
In the IT Services computer labs
via Wi-Fi on your own computer and in the self-study areas
Non-affiliated persons may use materials on-location in the library.
off CampusRemote access via VPNNo remote access

Please note that due to licensing agreements some of our databases (especially law and finance resources) can only be used by WU students, faculty, and staff. Special conditions may also apply to using the resources via remote access. For details, please consult the description of each individual database.

eBook Collections

Business, Economics & Social Sciences

Cambridge University Press | Cambridge Core
  • Economics Collection 2023
  • Management Collection 2023
De Gruyter
  • Wirtschaftswissenschaften Collection from 2014 on
Edward Elgar | Elgaronline
  • Business & Management Collection from 2014 on
  • Economics & Finance Collection from 2014 on
  • Geography, Planning & Tourism Collection 2023
  • Sociology, Social Policy & Education Collection 2023
  • Constitutional Law Collection 2010-2019
  • Organisational Behaviour Collection from 2000 on
Elsevier | ScienceDirect
  • Handbooks in Economics Series
Emerald Insight
  • Business, Management & Economics eBook Series from 2016 on
Hanser eLibrary
  • Wirtschaft Collection 2022
OECD iLibrary
Oxford University Press | Oxford Academic
Palgrave Macmillan | SpringerLink
Routledge Handbooks Online
  • Business & Economics Collection 2015-2019
Schäffer-Poeschel | Beck eLibrary
  • Wirtschaftswissenschaften Collection from 2021 on
Springer Nature | SpringerLink
UTB eLibrary
  • BWL/VWL Collection from 2020 on
Vahlen | Beck-eLibrary
  • Wirtschaft Collection from 2020 on
World Bank eLibrary
WTO iLibrary


C.H.Beck | Beck eLibrary
  • Staatsrecht/Völkerrecht Collection 2021
  • Verwaltungsrecht/Europarecht Collection 2021
Duncker & Humblot eLibrary
  • "70 Jahre Grundgesetz" Collection
Edward Elgar | Elgaronline
  • Constitutional Law Collection 2010-2019
Nomos eLibrary
  • Strafrecht Collection 2020
  • Zivilrecht Collection 2020
Oxford University Press | Oxford Academic
Springer Nature | SpringerLink
Verlag Österreich eLibrary
  • Collection from 2018 on
Wolters Kluwer | Digital Book Platform

Law eBooks are also included in the following databases:

Kluwer Arbitration
Lexis 360
Linde Digital
RDB Rechtsdatenbank
RIDA - Rechts-Index-Datenbank

Working & Discussion Papers

Centre for Economic Policy Research (UK)CEPR Discussion Papers
National Bureau of Economic Research (USA)NBER Working Papers
World Bank eLibraryWorking & Discussion Papers (incl. Policy Research Working Papers)


Our electronic resources may be accessed only for study purposes, teaching, or research at WU, or for personal use. It is strictly prohibited to redistribute or systematically copy or download content from the provided resources or to use such content for commercial purposes. In the event of a violation of these rules, WU may disclose the respective user's contact data to its contractors and content providers, or ban the user from accessing the electronic resources. Any costs and damages resulting from claims made against WU because of infringements of the rights of third parties caused by a library patron shall be borne by the patron. Legal restrictions may apply to some materials, which can only be used by our students or staff, or can be accessed only within the library building.