OeNB Library for Social Sciences

The library reading areas of the Library for Social Sciences will be open again for WU students as of May 3, 2021. Therefore, it is necessary to reserve a seat.

Books from the Library for Social Sciences can be borrowed and returned directly and without reservation from Monday to Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm, starting with May 3, 2021.

COVID-19 hygiene and safety requirements

The wearing of mouth and nose protectors (FFP2) is mandatory in WU buildings, the libraries as well as at the learning spaces. Please keep a safe distance of 2 meters from other people.

One of the following proofs must be presented to enter and remain in WU buildings (e.g. using the library as a learning space, borrowing and returning of books).

Contact: library@wu.ac.at

Telephone service Library for Social Sciences: +43 1 31336-5770 (9am to 1pm)


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