The library of the Department of Historical Archaeology of the OEAI in Vienna is the largest archaeological specialist library of Austria. Currently it consists of approximately 54,500 volumes, including around 730 journals and series. The annual growth per year is about 1,000 volumes. The collection focus is archaeology of the Greek and Roman period in the eastern Mediterranean and in the central European provinces of the Imperium Romanum. Separate areas are dedicated to conservation and cultural heritage, geo- and bioarchaeology as well as archaeometry. The volumes of the OEAI are set up together with the volumes of the specialist library for archaeologies and numismatics, subfield archaeology, of the University of Vienna and are publicly accessible. The library is a reference library with limited circulation. All volumes are digitally cataloged and online accessible at u:search through the search engine of the UB Vienna.

The Prehistory & WANA Archeology and Classical Studies departments of the OEAI each have their own specialist library (currently at Hollandstraße 11–13). The holdings are also enriched by a considerable number of permanent loans from the main library of the Academy. All existing works can be called up via the main library’s online catalogues.

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Opening hours

Dpt. of Historical Archaeology
Franz Klein-Gasse 1 (1st floor)
A-1190 Vienna

Katharina Hasitzka (head)
T (+43 1) 51581-4030

Monday and Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday to Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm

In between terms limited opening hours (see FB for Archaeologies and Numismatics)

Dpt. of Prehistory & WANA Archaeology
Dpt. of Classical Studies

Hollandstraße 11–13
A-1020 Vienna

Reinhard Jung (Dpt. of Prehistory & WANA Archaeology)
T (+43-1) 51581-6163
Jana Johr (Dpt. of Classical Studies)
T (+43-1) 51581-3479 

Libraries open by appointment.

Due to the relocation of the library, there will be restrictions on use from 24.04.-31.05.2023.
We ask for your understanding!


Athens Branch

Due to the research focus of the branch the collection focus of the library of the OeAI Athens is archaeology, topography and cultural history of Greece from the early period to late antiquity. Furthermore, the library is home to publications on archaeology of the extended Mediterranean and Austria, on methods and history of archaeology as well as on Byzantine studies, and the cultural history of Greece in the modern age. The library currently numbers 19,000 volumes and is available through the online catalog of the Austrian Library Network.

Opening hours

Leoforos Alexandras 26
GR-10683 Athens

T (+30 210) 82 13 708-108

Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm and on request
(limited opening hours in summer)



Cairo Branch

The branch of the OeAI in Cairo has a library with more than 8,000 publications. In addition to egyptology monographs, series, and journals it is specialized on Near Eastern and Aegean literature.

Opening hours

Sharia Ismail Muhammed Apt. 62/72,
ET-Zamalek, Cairo

T (+20 2) 273 62 356

accessible on request



Ephesos Branch

The library of the OEAI Ephesos branch is located in the excavation house in Selçuk and currently contains around 2,000 volumes. It is a reference library that is available to staff during the excavations in Ephesos as well as to specialist colleagues on site.

The collection focus includes excavation publications, publications on ancient pottery, architecture and sculpture as well as the publications of the OeAI itself. The inventory is available through the online catalog of the Austrian Library Network.

Opening hours

Efes Kazı Evi
Atatürk Mah., 1064 Sok., No 13
TR-35920 Selçuk/Izmir

T (+90 232) 89 26 391
Filiz Öztürk

accessible on request