Collection: The library currently contains ca. 7,200 printed volumes.
The main subject focus of the library collection is jazz: The archive hosts one of the most comprehensive collection of books and periodicals about jazz and jazz-related topics since the early 20th century. Important historical, partly out-of-print issues are available in our archive, including African Music, The Black Perspective in Music, Cadence, Downbeat, Der Jazzfreund, Jazz Hot, Jazz Podium, Jazzthetik, MelodyMaker, MusicaJazz and Storyville. Another steadily growing section of our collection is the field of popular music studies.
Due to new acquisitions and donations, the collection increases continuously; the staff is eager to offer the latest publications in jazz and popular music research.
Our reference library is open to the public, and all books and journals can be read in one of our reading rooms. Research of our collection can be conducted online (https://opac.kug.ac.at). If you are planning a longer research stay at our institute, we will be happy to assist you with the organization (e.g., travel, accommodation, infrastructure).
For questions please contact Gertraud Steinberger or Elisabeth Kappel (jazzresearch(at)kug.ac.at; +43 316 389-3160).
The Library is closed due to the lockdown (red light) from 24.12.2020 to 17.1.2021.
From 18.1.2021 we will return to the following opening hours.
Opening hours during the winter semester 2020/21 (orange light): Wednesday: 9:00-12:00
More information on the necessary advance registration can be found here.
Please note that the opening times can change at short notice. For current information please call +43 316 389 3160.