Picture Archives
and Graphics Department

Wiener Bilder

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With a stock of over three million objects of the most diverse historical media genres, the Picture Archive and Graphics Collection is the largest picture documentation center in Austria. It is an archive, library, scientific picture agency and reproduction service point for picture orders from all collections of the Austrian National Library.

What to expect at our Department?

In our beautiful rooms in the Corps de Logis in the Neue Hofburg you can

Our scientific staff will be happy to assist you in your search for pictorial material and documents from the holdings of our collection

  •     prints, watercolors, hand drawings
  •     historical photographs and posters
  •     the former family fideicommiss library of the House of Habsburg-Lothringen

Order reproductions
You can order digital reproductions of our inventory objects on site or online in the webshop.

Consult specialist literature
Our extensive selection of literature in the fields of art, history, photography, architecture and much more invites you to browse in a quiet atmosphere.

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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.