Offener Bücherschrank Vienna

Image by Julia Heiligenbrunner

Offener Bücherschrank – Books for everyone

The open bookcases of Offener Bücherschrank can be found at three spots in Vienna (see the website for other locations!). The concept: go there, have a look, take what you think you need to read and enjoy / bring it back / take more back than you got in the first place.

Why do I like this? Because books are not made to stand on the same shelf for their whole “lifetime”. The way I see it, share what you think is great! And even if you do not like or understand a book, maybe someone else will – so why not give it away?!

Since the contents change permanently, you will only see when you get there how many books you find in English, Turkish, Chinese, Arabic or Esperanto. In case you are looking for a specific book, better try the main public library – who by the way offer all their digital media for free during the Corona crisis 😉

Everyone else: experience the unknown ~ Happy reading!

PS: There are other places for free books around the city, and even in Austria.

PPS: It has been renovated. Just I hadn’t yet had the time to take a picture of the refurbished cabinet.

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Details about this spot



Westbahnstraße 22, Vienna

Opening Times

24 hours daily




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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)