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Opening hours

Main Library
ERSTE Foundation
Erste Campus, Building Section F

Monday – Thursday
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Financial Literacy Collection
Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP)
Erste Campus, Building Section A

Monday – Thursday
9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Friday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Opening hours apply all-season, except statutory holidays and Christmas holidays.

ERSTE Foundation Library is the knowledge hive of ERSTE Foundation. It is a special library serving both the research needs of scientific communities and a general public looking for information and entertainment.

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 innovation, 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 12,000 items. The collection grows by an average of about 500 items per year through purchases, private donations, book exchange, and contributions by ERSTE Foundation community members.

Latest information due to COVID-19

To access ERSTE Foundation Library and ERSTE Foundation you need to present your 3G confirmation (immunisation status, valid test certificate or proof of recovery from COVID-19) at our reception desk. You need to wear an FFP2 mask until your 3G status has been proven. If you want to stay in the library longer than for check-out or returning media, you need to wear a FFP2 mask to protect yourself if not vaccinated or recovered.

Search the Library

Search the library’s Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) to find books, magazines, journals, videos, DVDs, and individually catalogued electronic resources collected by ERSTE Foundation Library.

Catalogue records for print material will display their location in the library. Links embedded in the records for digital resources will give you free or institutional access to the full text or take you to the publishing institution. Ask the librarian for institutional access at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Collection Development

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 12,000 items. The collection grows by an average of about 500 items per year through purchases, private donations, book exchange and contributions by ERSTE Foundation community members.

Latest Acquisitions

Collection description

The library’s holdings cover a wide range of subjects, focusing on the development of open societies, on contemporary socio-economic and cultural changes, and on political conditions and situations in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The library houses comprehensive collections of research and information material on

– Contemporary art and media theory
– Conceptual art since 1950s
– Architecture and urbanism
– Cultural theory and policy
– Feminism, gender, and queer theory
– Minority and migration issues
– Romany studies
– Demography
– Education
– Information literacy
– New media and journalism
– Economic and political developments
– Social innovation
– Social banking and entrepreneurship
– Ecology
– Financial literacy
– NGO and project management
– Philanthropy
– European debates and integration

Collection guidelines

The criteria for acquiring material include specializations, formats, languages, geographical guidelines, and policies on collecting fictional texts.

Our main focus is on collecting actual material to support our primary goal and on providing access to information through online catalogues and search services. We therefore also collect appropriate indices to provide access to information about off-foundation collections, supporting knowledge development and information related to ERSTE Foundation’s mission, projects, and goals.

Formats

The main collection consists of monographic and serial publications. It includes monographs, exhibition catalogues, artist books, graphic novels, studies, surveys, journals, magazines, newspapers, back files, and annuals. Other formats collected include digital resources, maps, motion pictures, sound recordings, and video recordings.

Languages

The library’s major collection is in English and German, with materials in other languages collected from the publication activities of the foundation’s projects and communities.

Geographical guidelines

Based on the foundation’s focus, the library mainly collects information resources on Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern European countries. In particular, we cover the whole region of the so-called post-socialist countries, since historical and contemporary developments in these countries cannot be understood without their international relationships – be it in social, demographic, financial, cultural, or any other dimensions of political or everyday life.

Special collection of fictional texts

Because we consider fictional texts not just a resource for entertainment within the scope of language, national and gender performativity and identity, the library collects and maintains a collection made up of reading materials translated from their respective languages into German or English.

Special Collections

In addition to our main collection we provide comprehensive research collections and archives in the arts and financial literacy.

Kontakt Collection

The Kontakt artists’ monograph collection comprises publications by and about artists collected by Kontakt Collection. To get a list of these books, search the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue.

More on Kontakt Collection

­Financial Literacy Collection

This special collection comprises information resources on financial economics and financial literacy and displays the most recent publications on social banking and entrepreneurship, on money and other currencies like Bitcoins, on monetary policies, the financial crisis, investment strategies, sustainability, green finance and so on. The collection also includes educative treatments of personal finance not just for adults but for children and young adults, canonical readings in financial economics, bestsellers like Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st century” as well as biographies of persons in the corporate realm and the financial industry.

The Financial Literacy Collection is located at Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP), Am Belvedere 1, 1100 Vienna.

Overview of the Financial Literacy Collection at the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue.

Gender Check Research Archive

The Gender Check Research Archive provides limited access to the materials researched and collected for the exhibition “Gender Check. Femininity and masculinity in the art of Eastern Europe”.

The collection includes texts and visual material from 24 countries:
Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

More on Gender Check

Gateway to CSEE

Search engines, library collections, repositories and research institutions on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Other major search engines and open access repositories

Contact

Main Library
ERSTE Foundation
Erste Campus, Building Section F

Monday – Thursday
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Financial Literacy Collection
Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP)
Erste Campus, Building Section A

Monday – Thursday
9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Friday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Opening hours apply all-season, except statutory holidays and Christmas holidays.

Drop us a line or book a library tour

+43 50100 15461
library@erstestiftung.org

Ask our librarian
Jutta Braidt
Head of ERSTE Foundation Library

ERSTE Foundation Library
Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna
Austria

ERSTE Foundation Library is a specialist library that is open to the public. The library encourages Erste Group employees to request library instruction tailored to their occupation and/or their recreational needs.

The main library has research and work stations for users. Materials from the open access library stocks can be borrowed with a library card. You are able to obtain a library card at the main library desk or at the reception desk. Besides issuing your library card, our librarian will also assist in finding resources or recommend a good read.

Opening hours

Main Library
ERSTE Foundation
Erste Campus, Building Section F

Monday – Thursday
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Financial Literacy Collection
Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP)
Erste Campus, Building Section A

Monday – Thursday
9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Friday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Opening hours apply all-season, except statutory holidays and Christmas holidays.

Anyone may use the ERSTE Foundation Library collections in the library without a library card. You may search for information resources at our open-access collection on the premesis, read or study at the library’s study places – WiFi provided. ERSTE Foundation Library maintains its collections at two different places:

Circulation

Checking out materials requires a Library Card to be obtained at the library desk in ERSTE Foundation.

Library Card

Obtaining a Library Card at the main desk or at the reception desk of ERSTE Foundation Library requires a valid ID. The Library Card enables 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.

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 four weeks unless otherwise agreed on or renewed. 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.

Renewals, holds and recalls

Renewals
You may renew in person or by calling the library at +43 50100 15461. You may also renew items for another four 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
Holds may be placed in person or in the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue with a valid library card.

Recalls
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 (FLiP).

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-in and out

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 research 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.

Purchase request

You may request media for purchase. Our librarian will decide upon acquiring the requested media in line with our collection development guidelines. Send a purchase request to the librarian

Opening hours and address

Main Library
ERSTE Foundation
Erste Campus, Building Section F

Monday – Thursday
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Financial Literacy Collection
Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP)
Erste Campus, Building Section A

Monday – Thursday
9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Friday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm


Opening hours apply all-season, except statutory holidays and Christmas holidays.

Drop us a line or book a library tour

+43 50100 15461
library@erstestiftung.org

Ask our librarian
Jutta Braidt
Head of ERSTE Foundation Library

ERSTE Foundation Library
Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna
Austria

ERSTE Foundation Library is a specialist library that is open to the public. The library encourages Erste Group employees to request library instruction tailored to their occupation and/or their recreational needs.

The main library has research and work stations for users. Materials from the open access library stocks can be borrowed with a library card. To obtain a library card at the main library desk, please make sure that our librarian is available. Besides issuing your library card, she will also assist in finding resources or recommend a good read.