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Discover the five museums and current exhibitions of the Austrian National Library!

Get to know the museums and current exhibitions of the Austrian National Library! You can take part at the public guided tours without registration. But also private tours are possible. We are looking forwar to your request and your visit.

Guided tour of the State Hall

Visit one of the most beautiful historical library halls in the world. During special exhibitions in the State Hall, you also get an overview of the current exhibition in addition to the guided tour of the State Hall.

Besides our fixed tours (every Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., always in German) we offer exclusive tours for individuals or small groups.

Duration: 45 minutes

Costs for groups from 10 persons:

  • Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: reduced admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the Literature Museum

Discover range of Austrian literature from the end of the 18th century until the present day! At the Literature Museum, original manuscripts, letters, rare books and countless interactive displays offer an exciting route into the world of writing.

During special exhibitions in the Literature Museum, guided tours of the exhibition (on the third floor) can also be booked.

Duration: 45 minutes

Costs for groups from 10 persons:

  • Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: reduced admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the Papyrus Museum

Embark on a journey through 3,000 years of Egyptian cultural history and marvel at 200 unique papyri and other fascinating exhibits. During special exhibitions in the Papyrus Museum, guided tours of the exhibition can also be booked.

Exclusive guided tour for individuals or small groups.

Contact: +43 1 534 10-427

Duration: 45 minutes

Costs for groups from 10 persons:

  • Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: reduced admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the Globe Museum

Take a tour of the world’s only museum of its kind and discover its 250 unique terrestrial and celestial globes, including the oldest globe in Austria dating back to 1536.

Exclusive guided tour for individuals or small groups.

Duration: 45 minutes

Costs for groups from 10 persons:

  • Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: reduced admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the Esperanto Museum

The guided tour of this unique museum provides information about the most successful planned language in the world: Esperanto. You also learn about many other invented languages at interactive media stations, such as the famous Klingon from the TV series “Star Trek”.

Tip: combine the tour with a crash course in Esperanto.

Exclusive guided tour for individuals or small groups.

Duration: 45 minutes (90 minutes including crash course)

Costs for groups from 10 persons:

Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.50 per person for the guided tour
Students under 27: reduced admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour
Price including crash course: Adults EUR 9.-, Students EUR 5.50, Schoolchildren EUR 5.-

Guided tour of the reading rooms at Heldenplatz

How do I use the Austrian National Library? During this tour, you are given all the information you need about the service facilities of Austria’s largest library as well as an insight into the never-ending corridors of the book warehouse under the Burggarten.

Exclusive guided tour for individuals or small groups. We offer age-appropriate guided tours for children. For details, see children and families.

Duration: 45 minutes

Costs for gruops from 10 persons:

  • Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.- per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the State Hall and the reading rooms at Heldenplatz

Combine the two most popular parts of the Austrian National Library in one guided tour. One of the most magnificent library halls in the world and an introduction on how to use Austria’s largest library await you, including a visit to the book warehouse under the Burggarten.

Duration: 90 minutes

Costs for groups from 10 persons:

  • Adults: admission price for the State Hall plus EUR 8.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: reduced admission price for the State Hall plus EUR 7.- per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 6.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the Augustinian Reading room

The historical Augustinian Reading Room, with its famous ceiling fresco by Johann Baptist Bergl, is one of the most beautiful library rooms in the world. You will be amazed!

We offer a fixed guided tour at 4.00 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month.

Duration: 45 minutes

Cost for groups from 10 persons:
EUR 4.- per person

  • Adults: admission price plus EUR 4.- per person for the guided tour
  • Students under 27: admission price plus EUR 3.50 per person for the guided tour
  • Youths under 19: free admission plus EUR 3.- per person for the guided tour

Guided tour of the Picture Archives an Graphics Department

Pictures, posters, bookplates, photographs and much more – get an overview of Austria’s largest picture documentation point with holdings of over three million items of different historical media types.

Duration: 45 minutes

Cost for groups from 10 persons:
EUR 4.- per person

Exclusive guided tours in German, English, French, Spanish...

For special wishes and private guided tours (also for individuals) in German, English, French, Spanish and other languages, please contact us by calling Tel.: +43 1 534 10-464, by submitting a form or sending an e-mail to kulturvermittlung[at]onb.ac.at.

Costs: EUR 140.- flat rate (total price for 1 to 9 persons including admission) per guided tour in all museums of the Austrian National Library.

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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.