Starting on 11 May 2020, our library is open every Monday between 9-12 am until further notice. All visitors must register in advance by sending an e-mail by the preceding Friday until 12:00 pm. Without a confirmed registration you will not be allowed to enter the building.
Please state in your e-mail the preferred time and length of your visit to the library so that we can avoid the encounter of too many persons at the Institute in our planning. In your confirmed registration we will inform you about your allocated time slot for your visit which you must adhere to.
In case you already know which books you want to borrow, please give us the respective title(s) and signature(s), and add your student and phone number in your e-mail. You are allowed to borrow the books for max. one week.
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).
Opening hours during semester break (1.2-1.3.2020):