Using the Picture Archives

Are you looking for historic image material? You're bound to strike lucky with us!

You can choose one of the following processes:

1. Order an item

Your library card for the Austrian National Library also gives you access to the Picture Archives. Here you can order any item or book in the collection and – provided there are no special conservation restrictions – you will normally be able to look at it the next day in the Department's reading rooms.

2. Search online

You can use our catalogue QuickSearch and our database and ONB Digital to search our holdings online.

3. Submit a search request

Our experts will be pleased to help you with your research. They do not charge for providing basic information or dealing with search requests that take up to 30 minutes. For a fee, you can request a search for images on subjects of your choice.


If you require scans of items in our collection, you can request these from Customer Services. If you wish to use an image for publication purposes, we charge a usage fee according to our current tariff regulations.

Price list for reproductions and image search

Loans for exhibitions

Please send requests for loans, stating the items you require (if possible with reference numbers), in writing directly to our Department Director. Please give the name of the borrowing organisation and the title, location and duration of the exhibition. You can find the terms and conditions and charges here.

If you have any questions, we will be pleased to help on tel. no.: +43 (1) 534 10 – ext. 328, 329 or bildarchiv[at]

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.

State Hall

Due to an event, the State Hall will be closed on August 28, 2024.