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.

“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