Contact and Registration

Sandra Sparber
T +43-1- 319 15 96-14

Opening Hours

Starting Wednesday, February 10:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm

Usage and Lending

At present it is not possible to pay by card in the library. We therefore kindly ask you to bring cash to purchase your library card or day ticket.


Library card

You need a library card to borrow books. Different cards are available:

For pupils: free card

Day-ticket: 3€ (valid for 2 weeks)

Annual card: 25€

Reduced student annual card: 15€


Reminder fees

A fee (50 cent per book per week) will be charged if you forget to return a book

Interlibrary Loan

Holders of library cards for the Library of Psychoanalysis may order books from libraries outside of Vienna (within Austria or, if not available in Austria, within Europe), if the reqired books are not available in any library in Vienna.

To research, please use the search engine provided by the Austrian Library Network, or the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog.

Please keep in mind that for interlibrary loans, fees occur according to the respective institutions.

Information for libraries

The Library of Psychoanalysis lends books under the following conditions:

  1. Within Austria: 4 week loan period with the possibility to extend the loan period for another 4 weeks. The fee for interlibrary loans is 3€ per book.
  2. Other countries: 10 week loan period without the possibility to extend this period. The fee for interlibrary loans is 6€ per book.
We reserve the right to decline interlibrary loan requests for certain books due to their physical condition or their significance for the institution.
Search Engine

The library catalogue is integrated into the system of the Austrian Library Network (Österreichischer Bibliothekenverbund):

search engine

Library of Psychoanalysis

The Library of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum collects literature on Sigmund Freud and on the theory, technique and history of psychoanalysis. Its inventory includes Sigmund Freud's works in first editions as well as German and international complete editions. A complete collection of Freud's pre-analytic works, which are not included in the Gesammelte Werke or Standard Edition, is also available – some of them in the form of original offprints with signed dedications by the author. Books from Freud's private library, which have been acquired through donations or purchases, are also to be found in the collection.

The library also offers a complete collection of the publications issued by the International Psychoanalytic Press (Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag), founded by Sigmund Freud, as well as numerous publications by early psychoanalysts from the discipline's diverse schools. Finally, the library also focuses on works that form links between psychoanalysis and other disciplines such as literary criticism, cultural studies, gender studies, film theory, art history and musicology.

With an inventory of about 40,000 volumes, the library is the largest European library devoted to psychoanalysis.


The Library of Psychoanalysis possesses all the psychoanalytic journals that appeared before 1945 in original editions. This collection, unique in Europe, includes the Jahrbuch für Psychoanalyse, Imago, the Internationale Zeitschrift für ärztliche Psychoanalyse and many others. Additionally, more than 64 current periodicals in German and other languages are available

Publications and Projects

Collaboration with national and international experts from different fields is central to the activities of the Sigmund Freud Foundation. We organise conferences, discussions, talks as well as publication projects and other collaborations, such as school partnerships et al.


The archive of visual images comprises approximately 2,000 documents, mostly photographs, but also drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures. The collection includes almost all of the existing photos of Sigmund Freud and his family, a large number of photos of Anna Freud and photos from psychoanalytic congresses and associations. Portraits of Freud's teachers and colleagues from the fields of medicine and psychiatry and from the emerging psychoanalytic movement round out the collection. The text archive comprises around 20,000 items. In addition to Freud autographs, the collection focuses on the history of psychoanalysis in Austria during the interwar period. Biographical documents, as for instance the file detailing the Freud family's emigration, are just as likely to be found as materials on the history of the International Psychoanalytic Press (Internationale Psychoanalytische Verlag) or the Psychoanalytic Parents' Counseling Center (Psychoanalytische Erziehungsberatungsstelle).

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