The library is open for users:
Wed 10-13 h and 15-17 h
Thu 13-17 h
From June 8 to July 13, the reading room will not be available for use on Wednesdays before 11 h and after 13 h due to a cooperative event. Media from the reading room (reference books, journals, Sigmund Freud works, and large formats) can be prepared if needed: For this purpose, please write an e-mail to Daniela Finzi, email@example.com, by 12 noon the day before.
SUMMER CLOSURE: The library will remain closed between August 29 and September 11. After that, the following NEW OPENING HOURS will apply: Tue, Wed and Thus from 10:30 to 4:00 h.
The ENTRANCE to the library is on the floor above the museum, the first door on the left.
Wearing an FFP2 mask is recommended.
Cloakroom requirement: Bags, jackets, and coats must be left in the museum cloakroom (basement). Entering the library with transparent library bags is permitted.
T: +43 1 319 15 96-14
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.
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€
A fee (50 cent per book per week) will be charged if you forget to return a book
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:
- 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.
- Other countries: 10 week loan period without the possibility to extend this period. The fee for interlibrary loans is 6€ per book.
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, 32 current periodicals in German and other languages are available.