The collection holds manuscripts, autographs, bequests and several archives.

Research on holdings

A series of databases and digitised catalogues support your research among the holdings of the department.

Using the department

Regulations for using the holdings of the department.

Manuscripts, Autographs and Closed Collections

The Department of Manuscripts is regarded as the central core of the Austrian National Library and houses both one of the world’s most important holdings of manuscripts and a large number of autographs and closed collections.
In April 2008 the departments of „Manuscripts, Autographs, and Closed Collections“ and of „Incunabula, Old and Valuable Books“ were joined. Use of the holdings takes place in the Augustinian Reading Room.



Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books
Josefsplatz 1
1015 Wien
Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-279
Fax: (+43 1) 534 10-296

Opening hours and access

last update 9/3/2015