The library is the core of the IWM building, venue for many of its events and holds around 40,000 volumes of books and periodicals. The composition of the collection reflects the broad fields of research and ongoing projects of the IWM, most notably philosophy, history, sociology, political science, and cultural studies.

Furthermore, the library holds extensive collections of literature in gender studies and publications in Eastern European languages. It is a non-lending, open stack library and the catalogue can be accessed through the in-house network during office hours.

As a part of the focus The Philosophical Work of Jan Patocka, an archive containing the work of the Czech philosopher was established in 1984. Today, the Institute’s Patocka Archive holds all known published and unpublished texts as well as Patocka’s correspondence and relevant secondary literature. The materials of the archive are available to all scholars interested in his work upon request.

IWM Library Opening Hours

Due to the current situation in Austria regarding the corona virus/COVID-19, the library will be closed until April 19.





Katharina Gratz

Library Guidelines