Our rooms for reading, working and well-being
In its seven reading rooms, the Modern Library offers you 425 seats for reading – a further 147 seats are available for you to use in our comfortable communication lounge and in the client areas outside the reading rooms.
We offer you free wireless Internet access in all reading rooms and in the entire client area. You can find Internet workstations in the Modern Library / client area at Heldenplatz, directly after the entrance on the right and on the lower floor.
All of our reading rooms are air-conditioned to ensure a pleasant working environment. Every reading room is equipped with a reference area, where you can find reference material sorted according to subject groups. The collection of reference materials primarily consists of encyclopaedia, general reference books, manuals, bibliographies, specialised lexica, specialised dictionaries and language dictionaries, which you can also research via our » catalogue.
You may start print jobs from all computers situated in the research areas on the ground floor and on the basement floor. These incur a » fee. The printouts can be obtained from the book issue desk of the Large Formats Reading Room on the lower ground floor (LS4). Please note that only the computers on the basement floor allow for data to be transferred to flash drives.
» Photocopiers and scanners are available for you to use in the client areas. Moreover, in the communications lounge you can also find vending machines for hot and cold drinks and for snacks, as well as a drinking fountain. In addition, you also have access to our modern canteen “Soho” via the client area or the Burggarten. Here you can enjoy meals and drinks on workdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The holdings of the Modern Library are largely located in non-accessible storage areas and must be ordered via the » online catalogue. It takes around two hours for every reading room to obtain the ordered materials. We keep the ordered materials ready for you at two book issue points.
Workstations for people with sight impairments
We have two separate workstations that meet the special needs of blind and visually impaired people. The workstations are situated in the Modern Library at Heldenplatz, on the lower ground floor, near the Microform services, Reading Room 6. No reservation is needed to use them.
- Desktop PC with: large font keyboard, 22" flat-screen monitor, headset, the possibility to print with the Facultas Card, Internet connection, Microsoft Office, enlargement software with voice output function
- A screen reader to display and enlarge documents on a monitor
- A3 book scanner with automatic OCR text recognition and text-to-speech function (including headset).
The staff at the service desk or in the Microform Reading Room are on hand to provide assistance. If you require help to prepare for your visit, please contact the » Reader Services department.