For your information

Due to the decision of the Austrian federal government announced on 10 March 2020 to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), to protect your health, ERSTE Foundation will close access to ERSTE Foundation Library and its co-working space until further notice.

Loans and returns

Please note that neither borrowing nor returning is possible at ERSTE Foundation Library and the self-service access points. Media or books currently borrowed from ERSTE Foundation Library are automatically renewed. You will be able to borrow the respective media longer including the period affected by the closure. Access to your library account and the catalogue is still possible.


The ERSTE Foundation made this decision on 10 March 2020 as a preventative measure and in regard of the recommendations of the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs. We see this decision as a contribution to reduce not immediate necessary contacts and as a supportive action. All events in our publicly accessible co-working space are also cancelled.

Availability of ERSTE Foundation

All staff members are working from home and may be reached via email and phone. We would like our project partners to know that we continue to work at our usual capacity. Colleagues who are also parents are taking care of their children at home as in Austria schools and kindergartens are currently closed. Therefore, we ask for your understanding in case it takes a bit longer than usual for us to reply to emails or phone calls.


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