Your library card is valid for the Map Department and the Library Regulations of the Austrian National Library apply.

You will normally receive pre-ordered books within 20 minutes in the Reading Room of the Map Department. Maps and views will be made available for you in the Reading Room on the next day the library is open.

Please appreciate that the use of certain particularly valuable items that require extra protection is subject to conservation restrictions. In exceptional cases and where there is justifiable academic interest, you can send a written request to use them to the Department Director.


A coin-operated photocopier is available in the Reading Room for making photocopies, provided there are no conservation reasons or regulations preventing this. In such cases, we will prepare scans, photographs or microfilm copies for you. Prices can be found in our Price List.

Loans for exhibitions

Please send your written request to our Department Director.
Required information includes

  •     Requested items, if possible with reference numbers
  •     Name of borrowing organisation
  •     Title of exhibition
  •     Location of exhibition
  •     Duration of exhibition

Terms and conditions and prices can be found in our Lending Agreement

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.