Ariadne – the women- and gender-specific knowledge portal

Bücherstapel mit Ariadne-Steckzettel

Since 1992, Ariadne's thread has been leading users reliably through the labyrinth of material relating to women, feminism and gender studies, across all collections of the Austrian National Library.

  • We collect current research literature on women’s and gender studies and document new acquisitions.
  • We annotate articles in journals and collected works with feminist subject indexing, so that they can be easily found in the Ariadne Special Collection in the QuickSearch catalogue.
  • We identify the relevant sources in the Austrian National Library's historic holdings, process them and make them accessible: gender-related history can be viewed on the web portal about Historic Women’s Movements and its sources are available online, while the online exhibition Women use your vote! records the struggle for women's right to vote.
  • We answer questions and carry out research for you.
The red thread

How to find gender-specific literature and sources

Ariadne's thread

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Reading rooms at Heldenplatz and the departments

Due to maintenance work, the reading rooms at Heldenplatz and all departments will be closed from Thursday, July 25 to Monday, August 5, 2024.

Due to the shutdown of the ordering system, no media orders can be accepted from Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 4 pm to Friday, August 2, 2024, 4 pm. The first book collection will take place again on Monday, August 5, 2024.

State Hall

Due to an event, the State Hall will be closed on August 28, 2024.