ERSTE Foundation

Using the library

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.


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 (OPAC) will indicate whether an item is on reserve, or has any other use restriction.

Reservations, renewals, holds and recalls

In the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue (OPAC), you can reserve books from all collections in general. We highly recommend using this option for items from the Economics and Financial Literacy Collection as access is limited during certain meetings and events. For detailed information on how to search the collection and make reservations, please refer to our guide here.

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 may be placed in person or in the ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue with a valid library card. The ERSTE Foundation Library online catalogue will indicate whether an item is on reserve, or has any other use restriction.

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 drop at the self-check machine at ERSTE Foundation.

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

Self check-in, renewals and check-out

Holding a valid library card entitles you to (self)check from the collections of ERSTE Foundation Library. 

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 requests

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

ERSTE Foundation Library
Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna

Erste Campus, Building Section F

Monday – Thursday
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Drop us a line or book a library tour

+43 50100 15461

Ask our librarian
Jutta Braidt
Head of ERSTE Foundation Library


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

ERSTE Foundation Library is a special 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 library has research and work stations for users. Materials from the open access library stakes can be borrowed with a library card. To obtain a library card at the 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.

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.