This is a collection of hand-pressed prints, artistically designed, bound and printed books which have been autographed and produced with outstanding typography, together with books for painters in which text and illustration by artists of the 20th/21st centuries create a new work of art by combining text and image.

Based on a list of criteria drawn up by the department, the holdings are still being added to by carefully selected acquisitions mainly of the works of Austrian and international book artists, in order to portray and document the development and versatility of the artists through their works – in accordance with our public mandate.

You can find the approximately 800 collectable editions, artists' books and hand-pressed prints from our holdings in our Catalogue QuickSearch.

Reading rooms at Heldenplatz and the departments

Due to maintenance work, the reading rooms at Heldenplatz and all departments will be closed from Thursday, July 25 to Monday, August 5, 2024.

Due to the shutdown of the ordering system, no media orders can be accepted from Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 4 pm to Friday, August 2, 2024, 4 pm. The first book collection will take place again on Monday, August 5, 2024.