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Reopening on 8 February


From 8 February 2021, the VWI's archive and library are accessible again. Registration via telephone or e-mail is required since the reading room allows only one person at the same time.

The museum can be accessed by a maximum of two people at the same time. In all cases a FFP2-mask is mandatory and also the minimum distance of two metres has to be guaranteed.

The institute can be reached by telephone from Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00: +43-1-890-15-14

Library Terms of Use


The reference library of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) currently consists of about 15,000 printed works.


It is a reference and storage library, meaning that the collections can only be used on site in the library. Due to limited space there is no open access area. However, the required items are fetched immediately upon request.


The user/order form can be downloaded onto your computer to be filled out, printed, signed, and sent to the librarian by email, or it can be filled out on site. It is also possible to order scans free of charge (§42a UrhG ingF). Please note that this only applies to individual copies (meaning several pages, by no means entire works). Digital copies may only be used for research purposes.


There is now a new service available to users. New library acquisitions as well as the existing inventory supplied through the permanent loans from the Simon Wiesenthal Archive can be seen in overview through the Collections tab and/or the sub-collections listed on the online search engine.


User/order form (pdf)
Scan form (pdf)


The extant, ever-expanding collection of printed works can be searched both via the online catalogue of the VWI as well as over the search engine of the Austrian Library Association.


If you would like to use our library, please contact us by telephone or email in order to arrange an appointment to take place during our opening hours.


Opening hours:


The VWI library will be accessible during the following days from 8 February 2021:


Tuesday: 14-18
Thursday: 10-14


Registration via telephone or E-Mail is required.


FFP2-masks are mandatory in all areas of the Institute and a minimum distance of two metres from other persons has to be guaranteed.

The library reading room provides access to four modern laptop work spaces with free Wi-Fi. Library users may use the Bookeye® 4 V3 Kiosk Scanner free of charge, which was especially designed for self-service. Its unique design allows books to be scanned in their natural positions without causing damage to the binding. Printing is also available at a charge of 10 Cents per A4-page.


Library Regulations (PDF)




Barbara Grzelak, BSc
Telephone: +43 1 890 15 14-300
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