ERSTE Foundation Library

A specialist library serving both the research needs of scientific communities and a general public looking for information and recreation.


ERSTE Foundation Library is the knowledge hive of ERSTE Foundation. The library advances knowledge by building collections and providing open access to materials and information resources that support and reflect both ERSTE Foundation’s mission and the diversity of its projects. We want to be the place that people in the ERSTE Foundation communities and the public in general think of first when they need information on social problem-solving, cultural development, contemporary artistic interventions, and European discourses.

The ERSTE Foundation Library collection has been developed since 2007 to support the research requirements of the foundation’s staff and project partners, as well as the public in general. ERSTE Foundation Library presently holds about 11,000 items. The collection grows by an average of about 1,000 items per year through purchases, private donations, book exchange, and contributions by ERSTE Foundation community members.

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.

“As you look at rack upon rack of books in a library, don’t think of them as packets of knowledge. Instead, think of them as flints, waiting to spark something unique in each person who encounters them.”

R. David Lankes, The New Librarianship Field Guide, p. 28