Research

All our collections can be searched in our Main Catalogue.

75,000 postcards featuring topographical images can be searched via the online portal AKON.

If you have any questions, we will be pleased to help on tel. no.: +43 1 534 10-297 or kar[at]onb.ac.at.

Holdings of the Map Department

The Map Department looks after about 300,000 sheet maps, 45,000 topographic views, around 800,000 picture postcards, more than 820 globes, 100 geographical reliefs and models of castles and about 85,000 volumes of specialist literature and atlases.

Almost all of the more recent maps and vedute published in Austria are held here. In terms of foreign publications, we collect mainly official map sets, with a regional focus on Central Europe. Most of the works of literature that are acquired are in the field of the history of geography, cartography and ethnology, geographical travel and exploration and regional and cultural studies of (Old-)Austria.

The worldwide reputation of the Map Department is due mainly to its historic collections. One of the most important treasures is the famous “Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem”, a 50-volume baroque map collection consisting of about 2,100 beautifully coloured copperplate engravings and drawings. This atlas is part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme since 2003.

Alert
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.