Beethoven digital

To mark the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), the Austrian National Library not only dedicates a comprehensive special exhibition in the State Hall to the composer of so many “classics”, it also provides users with a digital experience of the musical genius! All exhibits directly relating to Beethoven that are kept in the archives of the Austrian National Library (manuscripts, letters, first prints and illustrations) were scanned and made accessible to the public on the “Beethoven Digital” web portal (currently only available in German). Experiencing the maestro online The exhibits are kept in three collections of the Austrian National Library: the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books disposes of more than 130 original letters by Beethoven; the Department of Music owns 13 original manuscripts of his compositions, which are part of the classical canon until this day. The Department of Music also has the first and early prints of Beethoven’s works. A total of 941 volumes with more than 43,000 pages are part of the collection of Anthony van Hoboken (comprising approx. 8,000 titles) – one of the world’s biggest collections of its kind, which has been included in the national UNESCO Memory of the World Register “Memory of Austria” since 2016. Portraits and illustrations from the Picture Archives and Graphics Department complete the content offered on “Beethoven Digital”.


Manuscripts, letters, first prints and illustrations: the entire Beethoven inventory of the Austrian National Library was digitised!

Ludwig van Beethoven
Reading rooms at Heldenplatz and Papyrus Museum

Due to filming, the reading rooms at Heldenplatz and the Papyrus Museum will be closed fon Saturday, March 2. Thank you for your understanding.

State Hall and Augustinian Reading Room

Due to filming, the State Hall will be closed from February 27 until March 12, 2024. 

The Augustinian Reading Room will be closed from February 27 until March 8, 2024. During this time, no books can be provided from the collection in the State Hall. As a substitute, the Reading Room of the Collection of Manuscripts and Old Prints (Josefsplatz 1 in the left wing of the building, Manuscripts Staircase 2nd floor) will be available during regular opening hours.
Thank you for your understanding.