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Library Terms of Use


Opening hours


Tuesday: 14:00-18:00
Thursday: 10:00-14:00


To visit the library an appointment is required::

Phone: +43-1-890-15-14-300
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Please bring an ID with you.


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.

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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) library is a reference library, consisting of about 14,000 books and journals stored in closed stacks. The library is accessible for the public upon appointment (by telephone or email); it is not possible to borrow library items. The substantial basic collection of Holocaust literature is focussed on publications from the German- and English-language realms. Unique works that are often unknown or hard to come by in Austria are successively being added. In extending our library, we are following a policy that is intended to establish the VWI library as a unique Viennese research institution on its subjects and era, regarding its regional focus and its concentration on early monographs on the murder of the Jews in Europe. In particular, a further focus will be placed on Eastern and Central Europe.


The VWI catalogue is part of the OPAC system of the Austrian Library Association (Österreichischer Bibliothekenverbund) and is accessible online.


The personal book collection of Simon Wiesenthal (in the Simon Wiesenthal Archive), containing many rarities on the history of the Holocaust, will in the near future also be integrated into the VWI library, where it will be listed as a separate unit with its own signature.



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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


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