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ERSTE Foundation Library is open to the public. You may search for information resources at our open-access collection on the premises, borrow material, read or study at the library’s study places – WiFi provided. ERSTE Foundation Library serves two different locations for circulation.

  • Library card

    You need a valid ID in order to obtain a library card at the main desk of ERSTE Foundation Library, enabling you to check out material for use outside the library. Once registered, you may borrow information material, update your email address online, place holds and recalls, and check on and renew your borrowed items.

  • Check-out limits and loan period

    In general, ERSTE Foundation Library does not limit the number of items checked out. It is the cardholder’s responsibility to note the due dates for materials and to return or renew them by those dates.

    The loan period runs for three weeks unless otherwise agreed. Using your library ID to access your library online account, you can view the books checked out to you and when they are due. The ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue will indicate whether an item is on reserve, or has any other use restriction.

  • Renewing materials

    You may renew in person or by calling the library at +43 50100 15461. You may also renew items for another three weeks by going online yourself in the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue. Please get in contact with the library if you need the material checked out even longer.

  • Holds and recall of checked-out items

    Holds may be placed in person or in the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue with a valid library card. If you need an item that is checked out to another borrower, you may place a recall yourself online or in person at the library. As soon as the item has arrived, the library will notify you by email. You may also log into ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue to check on the status of the item.

  • Returning materials

    You should return ERSTE Foundation Library materials to the library desk at ERSTE Foundation during open hours, or to the library’s book drops at the self-check machines at ERSTE Foundation or Erste Financial Life Park (see below).

    We do not encourage returns by mail, but if it is necessary, make sure that you mail the package to:

    ERSTE Foundation Library
    Am Belvedere 1
    1100 Vienna
    Austria

  • Self-check systems for borrowing and returning media

    Holding a valid library card entitles you to (self)check from both the general collection of ERSTE Foundation Library and the financial literacy collection located at Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP).

    You may also use the self-return option, returning your borrowed material. Just touch the Return button on the self-check machine, place the media you are going to return upon the plate and the system will automatically take back your borrowed items. Please put the returned media in the box labelled “book drop” next to the machine.

  • General library rules

    Although we don’t charge overdue items, we rely on you to keep the borrowed material safe and clean and to return it when due.

  • Study places and public computer

    ERSTE Foundation Library maintains a computer for public use in support of research and learning as well as study places with WiFi internet access for users at ERSTE Foundation.