Eine Vitrine im Prunksaal in dem eine aufgeschlagene Musikhandschrift liegt. Im Hintergrund sind Buchregale des Prunksaals zu sehen.

Making the holdings of the Austrian National Library visible

The exhibitions at the museums of the Austrian National Library are the poster children of the establishment. Together with the curators and departments, we rise to the challenge of presenting you with exhibition objects in an attractive way while, at the same time, observing preservational guidelines.
We first evaluate the condition of the valuable exhibits at the Institute for Conservation and decide on preservational measures, if necessary. Images are then mounted on passe-partouts and framed, and tailored book cradles are created for books.

External museums and institutions are also interested in the unique objects of the Austrian National Library. Only following careful evaluation do we make several objects available for loans as well. We prepare a condition log for each exhibit “on the road”, in which we log the exact details of its condition, as well as the environmental and technical conditions for exhibition.

General rule

18 to 20°C and 45 to 50% air humidity.
The incidence of light should be a maximum of 50 lux, without UV light.

Custom-made solutions

Depending on exhibition and exhibit, there are varying requirements of the Institute for Conservation. Two examples:

  • In the exhibition The Eternal Emperor. Franz Joseph I 1830-1916, there were 21 colour images, which needed to be housed in three-large format frames. For this, a passe-partout was cut from a large-format board respectively for eight and five images.
  • The display case design at the Literature Museum made it necessary to also present books in an upright position. To this end, a new book support construction was used, which enables the book to be presented at an angle of 60° while at the same time providing sufficient support. 
Current exhibition

Special exhibition in the State Hall

Grafik von Figuren in einem Blumengarten
Current exhibition

Special exhibition in the Literature Museum

Foto von Ingeborg Bachmann, die auf einem Sofa sitzt und sich an den Kopf greift.
Reading rooms at Heldenplatz and Papyrus Museum

Due to filming, the reading rooms at Heldenplatz and the Papyrus Museum will be closed from Friday, March 1, from 3 p.m. until Saturday, March 2, at 3 p.m. 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 current special exhibition "IMAGE POWER POLITICS. Yoichi Okamoto. Post-war photography icon" can be seen until Sunday, February 25.

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.