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Use, Borrow and Download Resources

The library provides print and electronic resources in natural sciences and engineering. They are available to students and staff of TU Graz and anyone else who is interested in science. You can borrow, download or use them on-site.

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Borrowing resources

Most of our books and journals are on open shelves so that patrons can browse these areas. All other resources are in our stacks and can be ordered at the circulation desk.

Exact details concerning  the shelving, availability and loan period of a resource can be found in the TU Graz LibrarySearch. You can find an overview here (PDF in German only).

There is no charge for borrowing our resources. However, for resources that are not returned on time, we charge overdue fees (PDF in German only). Please make sure to prolong the loan period online or at the circulation desk.

Books can be returned during the opening hours at the circulation desk or via our book-return boxes available at all three library locations.

We provide detailed instructions on how to use  the library and its holdings in our library regulations (PDF in German only).

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TU Graz card

TU Graz students and staff borrow library resources with their TU Graz card.

University Libraries Styria

Students and staff of other Styrian universities can borrow resources of TU Graz Library using their ID cards from their own universities.

Library for everyone

Anyone can use TU Graz Library. Library cards are issued Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Using e-books and e-journals

The library licenses a large number of electronic resources. Patrons can access them from within the IP range of TU Graz. TU Graz students and staff can also access these e-books and e-journals from off-campus locations. To do this, install a VPN client on your personal computer.

Please note that the rights to read and download electronic resources may differ between various publishers.

24-hour pick-up service

With the library’s 24-hour pick-service, books from the main library are available around the clock at the pick up station at Technikerstraße 4.

After you activated the service once, reserved books are automatically deposited for you at the pick-up service. To use this service a smartphone is required. For Activation, please send your current phone number via email to ausleihe.bibliotheknoSpam@tugraz.at, call 0316 873 6176 or go to the circulation desk at the main library. We make sure your data is processed in compliance with data protection. You can withdraw your consent to use this service at any time.

This is how it works: Reserve a book via TU Graz LibrarySearch. As soon as the reservation is ready, you receive a text message including a link to a QR code. With this QR code, you may collect the reserved books at the station at any time within 7 days.

Reservations after 3 p.m. are available for you the next day.

A Tutorial for the pick-up service is available on our YouTube channel. (German only)

Inter-library loans

The inter-library loan service will obtain journal articles and books that are not present in Graz. To order these, please use our online form on TU Graz Library Search. You have to login first with your TU Graz online username and password to use the form. Please note that inter-library loans are subject to fees (PDF in German only). The inter-library loans team will be happy to answer your questions.

Libraries and educational institutions that need to borrow media from our collections are also asked to send their requests to fernleihe.bibliothek@tugraz.at.

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Remote access

TU Graz students and staff  can access electronic library resources from outside the IP range of the university. The way of getting access depends on the resources you want to use:

TU Graz LibrarySearch

Most of our e-books are listed in the TU Graz LibrarySearch. To access these, you need your TUGRAZonline user access data.


Install a VPN client to access databases, licensed e-journals or our e-book portals.


Databases like IEEE Xplore, statista or effects 2.0 allow access via Shibboleth. Please log into these databases directly by filling in your TUGRAZonline user access data in the browser window.

Suggesting acquisitions

The library is constantly updating its collections. In doing this we are happy to follow suggestions by our users. You can submit your suggestions to order.bibliothek@tugraz.at or hand them in at the circulation desk.


The library has a collection of rare and valuable books. Readers can search for these in the TU Graz LibrarySearch and can use them in the reading room of the main library (old campus).

Standards and regulations

The library provides access to Austrian and international standards and regulations. Within the IP range of the university, you can also use electronic ÖNORM standards and ÖVE-guidelines in the standards reading room.

Many standards are also available to students and staff of TU Graz via the database effects 2.0. We are constantly expanding our collection of downloadable standards. Please submit any suggestions for standards that we should acquire to order.bibliothek@tugraz.at.

Departmental libraries

Parts of our collections are held on permanent loan to the institutes of TU Graz. When you find these media in the TU Graz LibrarySearch, the results will show an institute as their location.

The conditions for using and borrowing media from these departmental collections are different from institute to institute. You can find detailed information on these conditions on the business card of the relevant institute in TUGRAZonline.