The Library is open to the public. Borrowing books from the University Library is free of charge. A library card is necessary to borrow books.

Borrowing books and loan period
The loan period is 30 days for loanable books, for BOKU staff the loan period is 45 days. It is possible to extend the loan period, if no other user has reserved the book and the loan period has not already expired, the maximum possible loan period is 120 days per item (BOKU staff 180 days). Please use BOKU:LITsearch to extend the loan period online. For BOKU staff the loan period extends automatically. Please bear in mind, that if one of the borrowed books is overdue it is impossible to borrow new books or to extend the loan period of other books. For BOKU students it is possible to borrow up to 30 books concurrently, for BOKU staff the limit ist 50 books. Special libraries may have other terms of use.

Returning items
Please return the books at the counter of the lending department. Outside opening hours, books can be returned through the red-box in the foyer of the building where the main library is situated (Wilhelm-Exner-Haus). The books will be returned the following business-day by the library staff, so please return the borrowed books on time.

If you return books too late you will be charged for every overdue book € 0,30 per business day.As a voluntary service the library will send you an e-mail four days before the book is due. In case this reminder-mail does not arrive it doesn’t exempt you from having to pay the fines.

Lost or damaged books
The user is responsible for handling the books with care.If an item/book is lost or damaged, the user has to replace it with the same edition. If the book/item is unavailable the user must pay the amount of the books worth to the university library. Please inform the university library immediately, if you have lost a book, otherwise overdue notices and fines may arise.

If a book is borrowed by another user, it is possible to reserve it via the library user-account of the online catalogue BOKU:LITsearch. When the book is returned at the library you will be informed by e-mail. The book will be available for you at the lending department for ten days.

Closed stacks
The closed stacks are situated at the basement floors of the Main Library.To order literature from the stacks you may send a request via BOKU:LITsearch. Books ordered from the stacks are retrieved at every full hour. The book will be available for pick up for 10 days.

Clearance of your library account

Before graduating at BOKU you have to get a clearance of your library account. You will get the clearance, the “Entlastungsstempel”, if there are no outstanding fines or overdue books. Borrowing books is still possible after getting the clearance.

The clearance can be requested by e-mail to Please send us your last valid study sheet as a PDF file.
The University Library will then send you a confirmation of clearance by e-mail, which is valid for a fortnight.


For questions contact the lending department:
Tel: 01/47654-38084