OeNB Library for Social Sciences

Library Services as of November 22, 2021

As of 22 November 2021, a seat reservation will again be required in all three library locations (Central Library, Library for Law, Library for Social Sciences). Please note the regulations on 2,5-G as well as the FFP2 masks in the libraries.

Due to the COVID-19 hygiene and safety requirements, until further notice, external library patrons may not use the libraries as learning space (seat reservation).

Library Services:

Important information for external library patrons

If you need to borrow books or would like to reserve a scanner and do not have a library card yet, please register for an appointment to receive your library card first.


The collection of the Library for Social Sciences includes literature from all fields of social economics: empirical social research, sociology, business, economic and social history, philosophy, demography, economic geography and GIscience, environmental and regional development, management and sustainability, social policy, economics of aging, and health care economics.

The Library for Social Sciences currently has a total of 30,000 books and active subscriptions to about 25 print journals. The collection is complemented by the old holdings of the former Institute libraries of the Department of Socioeconomics, which are available in the Central Library’s compact shelving section.

The ground floor of the Library for Social Sciences houses the journal collection and approximately 10,000 books ordered by topic according to the RVK classification system. A further 20,000 books are shelved on level 1, ordered according to the old classification systems used by the individual Institutes.

Library Use/Loans

Most of the library's holdings are freely accessible and can be borrowed at the self-service checkout machine. Journals and newspapers cannot be borrowed.

If you need to copy parts of books or journals, a color scanner is available for use free of charge. You can save the scans as PDF, TIF, or JPG files on an external storage device (USB flash drive, external hard disk drive, memory card).

Technical Equipment/Infrastructure

62 workplaces
of which 5 are PC workstations
and 3 group study rooms (8 workplaces in each room)
1 color scanner

Opening Hours

Opening hours calendar


Front desk
Tel: +43 1 31336-5746 or +43 1 31336-5770

Library staff

Dr. Gerald Prabitz
Tel: +43 1 31336-4154
Email: gerald.prabitz@wu.ac.at


WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
OeNB Library for Social Sciences
Building D4
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Vienna