Computer rooms

All members of the University of Vienna with a valid u:account can use computer workstations in the computer rooms of the ZID free of charge, for study-related or academic work.

In addition, there are further computer rooms at the university departments, faculties and libraries that the members of the relevant discipline may use.


Please pay attention to the following protective measures when using the computer rooms:

  • You have to reserve the PC workplaces in the Catalogue Room of the Main Library. Reservations are possible up to one week in advance of your desired date and can be presented electronically or in print. Use the Reservation tool on the Vienna University Library website.
  • Face masks are mandatory in the computer rooms.
  • Keep distance from other users (at least 1 metre). To keep distance between users only every second PC may be used.
  • Disinfect your hands with hand sanitiser from the mounted dispensers where available. Do not use this sanitiser for devices.
  • Sanitiser for keyboard and mouse is available in the computer room or at the computer room support.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not touch your face with your hands.

New search engine available

As of now, the ecological search engine Ecosia ( is available as standard search engine in the Computer rooms for Firefox and Chrome browsers. It donates parts of its profits to non-profit nature organisations.

You can find user guides on the Firefox user guides page and on the Chrome support pages.

Locations and opening hours


1010 Vienna
1030 Vienna
1090 Vienna
1150 Vienna
1190 Vienna

Computer Rooms location map on Google Maps (By clicking on the link, personal data is sent to Google and can be used by Google.)

Accessible work stations

Three accessible terminals with touchscreens are located in the computer rooms of the NIG (Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna, ground floor). Two terminals are located at Computer Room 1; one terminal is located at Computer Room 3. You can individually adjust the height at the touch of a button. The terminals offer the same functionalities and software applications as a common computer workstation, including NVDA ScreenReader.

There is one accessible work station with height-adjustable tables at the Fachbereichsbibliothek der Rechtswissenschaften (Juridicum) and the Fachbereichsbibliothek Bildungswissenschaften (Sensengasse 3a, 1090 Vienna).

Every PC in the Computer Rooms and ZID Class Rooms are equipped with accessibility functions of Windows 10. They can be activated via the button Erleichterte Bedienung ("Easy accessibility") at the log-in screen. Speakers for audio output are installed on every device. Moreover, all computers at the computer rooms with ZID computer rooms support are equipped with NVDA ScreenReader.


The computers at the ZID computer rooms are equipped with the operating system Windows 10 and standard application software.

Some locations feature computers with subject-specific software. It is not possible to install software yourself.


From 01.09.2021 users can only use Adobe products with a personally assigned Adobe account (named user licensing). Accepted are Adobe accounts from the University of Vienna and other universitiesprivate Adobe accounts or other personal Adobe accounts.

  • Employees receive their Adobe account of the University of Vienna in the SAM system. Get in touch with your IT representative.
  • Students can set up a free Adobe account (user guide) via the software portal AcadCloud.


Liste der installierten Anwendungssoftware (GER)

Use on site

You can use the PCs at the computer rooms with your u:account. After the log-in you can use the online storage space service to access your personal data on the Z: share.

You can print, scan and copy using u:print at all computer rooms.

Please show consideration for other users (fair use):

  • Keep the noise down
  • Vacate PCs as quickly as possible during busy times
  • Leave the workplace clean

Optimising your user profile


Your personal programme settings – the so-called user profile – are stored centrally on a server. They are loaded to your computer when you log-in, and are copied back to the server when you log-out.

Storage space for user profiles is limited to 2 GB by default. You can check how much storage space you are currently using under My u:account.

  • Keep your user profile as small as possible. This shortens the time it takes to log in or log out.
  • If an error message is displayed while log-out informing you that your server-stored user profile was not fully synchronised, the available storage space may be full. This means that your personal profile cannot be stored on the server.

In this case, please follow the user guide Benutzerprofil optimieren (optimising your user profile).


Support at the ZID computer rooms

The ZID offers computer room support at the following locations:

  • Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG)
  • Universitätszentrum Althanstraße (UZA 1 and UZA 2)
  • Campus of the University of Vienna

You can easily recognise the members of the support team by their photo identity cards and the blue ZID clothes.

Responsibilities of the computer room support team

  • Providing user assistance regarding the equipment and use of the workstations
  • Providing support when logging in to the system for the first time (log-in)
  • Maintenance of the printing system u:print (refilling paper, exchanging toners, fixing paper jams, etc.)
  • Checking error messages and, if possible, troubleshooting


The members of the computer room support team are no administrators. To change your password or if you have administrative questions, please contact the ZID Helpdesk.

The computer room support team does not provide training for subject-specific software. Please use the IT courses offered by the ZID.

Terms of use

The  u:account – regulations for use (PDF) apply.

 User guides

To the computer rooms user guides (in German)