Vienna University Economics Business library building architecture design exterior view
, Zaha Hadid Architects
Library Details
Basic Information
University library
Year of opening
Total Cost
492,000,000 EUR
University / Institution
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Welthandelsplatz 1
Building LC
1010 Vienna
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

The center of the WU is both physically and symbolically a library and learning center, which should be more than a classic library: It is also a library and service center, workplace and lounge, communication space and transport hub. Central functions of the course are combined with one another, and research is offered an information center with added value.


The building is centrally located in the middle of the campus

The symbolic and geographical heart of this campus of the future is the Library Learning Center, which is open 24 hours a day. This is implemented by the German subsidiary Zaha Hadids in Hamburg with an expressive, striking building. The wide cantilevered roof of the S-shaped building is expressive. The central square in front flows smoothly into the main entrance area and the auditorium. Inside, visitors are led upwards via ramps and stairs in a spiral through the library, where books, study places and great views of the campus mix. The WU ballrooms as well as a library cafe and a bookshop are located on the ground floor. This building also houses various student services and the center for career planning.

New Project Data
New building
Yes / 2008

Total Floor Area
4,000 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
750 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
18,750 linear meters
Number of Staff
47 FTE
Total Seating Capacity
Group Study Rooms
Individual Study Rooms

Late, Weekend
Additional Features
Special Rooms
Special Features
Additional Comments

800.000 documents in 2012.