News from the library …

Updates about reading rooms, opening times, E-media and scientific online literature

Reading rooms


The study and reading areas in the library have reopened.

Due to the safety and hygiene restrictions, unfortunately only half of the seats are available, so an online reservation   is required.

This can be done in the comfort of your home - up to seven reservations are possible in advance.

After registration you will receive an email with a link to your personal reservation board. There you can book, cancel, view or print out your tickets. With the reservation you agree that your data will be stored for a period of 21 days.

You can book a half day at a time. The rooms are ventilated and tidied up during the lunch break. When all places are taken, you can put yourself on the waiting list. You will be automatically informed by e-mail when a space becomes available.


Reservations can be cancelled independently up to one hour before the reading room opens. Alternatively you can cancel by phone or e-mail: +43 512 507-2410, 

  With a cancellation you give the next person on the waiting list the opportunity to get a place to study.

Procedure on site

For each booked appointment, you will receive a ticket with the number of the seat assigned to you; it is not possible to choose your own seat.

Admission to the reading room is only possible with a valid reservation ticket. You can show this electronically on your mobile phone or bring it with you as a printout. Please also have your library card ready.

The QR code on your ticket is scanned by the library staff, confirming your presence in the library system. We are happy to show you where your seat is.

Please ensure that the safety distance of 1.5 meters is observed. Wearing mouth and nose protection is mandatory until you reach your reading position and serves to protect everyone. Please disinfect your hands after entering the building.

Sufficient disinfectants are available to clean your reading area.

Opening times

They were extended at all library locations as of October.

  Location overview

E-media (e-books, e-journals, databases and articles)

As a member of the University of Innsbruck, you have access to electronic media regardless of time and location. Please use the VPN-access for this - so you can, for example, research in BibSearch   and access our extensive portfolio of e-resources.

Online tutorials, materials and short instruction videos for literature research

In OLAT you will find freely accessible online tutorials  , documents and instructional videos from the ULB Tirol. These are continuously updated and expanded. Questions about the use of the VPN access, open access, downloading e-books and much more are clarified. Contact and questions about literature research: +43 512 507 2409 ,    

Scientific online literature

We have collected tips and links on how and where you can find freely accessible scientific literature in open access repositories. You can find more information  here.  If you have any questions, comments or additions, please contact us at so that we can continuously improve this overview.

Scan service

Since March we have been offering the scanning of books and articles up to 100 pages as an additional service. The order is made in the same way as the previous loan directly via BibSearch.

The ordering party must be registered for this. ULB Tirol employees scan the required excerpt and use automatic full-text recognition (OCR). An e-mail with a link to the PDF file is then sent to the customer.

To avoid capacity shortages and long waiting times, we urge you to order only essential literature. Please note that we will only process orders with exact page numbers and a maximum of 100 pages ordered. Delivery can take up to a week.


The EU project EODOPEN, in which 14 other European libraries are involved in addition to the Tyrol University and Provincial Library, has set itself the goal of digitising a total of 15,000 books from the 20th and 21st centuries. Digitisation proposals can be submitted directly via the newly established landing page. All suggestions from lecturers, students and anyone interested in general are welcome.


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