The oldest object from the holdings of the Austrian National Library
Research facility of global renown
With 180,000 objects, the Department of Papyri of the Austrian National Library is one of the largest and most important collections of ancient manuscripts in the world. It holds texts written on papyrus and other writing material of former times such as parchment, ostraca, leather and wood panels. Every one of our objects is a unique original document from ancient times. A representative selection is to be seen at the » Papyrus Museum.
Opening times library and collections
Due to official requirements, all library facilities and reading rooms will be closed from April 1 to May 2, 2021. The library is still available to you virtually: For research and reproduction inquiries we are available at tel. +43 1 53410-444, firstname.lastname@example.org or via » chat, Monday to Friday available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Research in the catalog and the reproduction service are still possible. Reservations will be possible again starting April 30. All loans outside the home have been extended up to and including May 9, 2021. All valid annual tickets are automatically extended free of charge for the duration of the additional closing time. Our range of training courses has been expanded to include webinars, an overview of current dates can be found on the » homepage. We are happy to offer further individually agreed appointments, including online-training courses on pre-academic work for schoolchildren, more information at email@example.com.
Department of Papyri
Due to construction works for the relaunch of the Papyrus Museum the reading room of the Department of Papyri is only available after advance announcement. This concerns the usage of publications before 1929. Please contact the service desk of the Department of Papyri via phone (+43 1 53410-425) or the staff at the at book issue desk at Heldenplatz. Publications after 1929 can be used in the main reading room of the Austrian National Library as usual.