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Using the content provided on Austrian National Library websites:
The Austrian National Library provides content and digital copies of its collections online on its websites. The Austrian National Library asserts no own proprietary exploitation rights to said content. Accordingly, it explicitly consents to the subsequent use of this content in the available web resolution. The same applies to the use of this content in Internet forums, blogs and social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.. Notwithstanding the above, any existing third-party rights to the content have to be clarified individually by the user before any subsequent use. 

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Exclusion of liability:
The information on this website has been prepared by us in good conscience. However, despite all due care, no guarantee can be made concerning the accuracy, up-to-dateness and correctness of the information contained in here. If we become aware of any errors or mistakes, we will endeavour to correct these. In case of named articles, these reflect the personal opinion of the respective authors. The Austrian National Library does not assume any responsibility for these articles provided that it is actually unaware of any illegal content and, in respect of claims for damages, is also unaware of any facts or circumstances that indicate an illegal activity or piece of information.
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Data protection:
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Below is explained which data is collected and processed for which purpose.

IP addresses
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All IP addresses and the associated enquiries are logged by us in order to be able to investigate attacks on our website if required. Moreover, all access operations are analysed for statistical purposes. These logs are deleted after four weeks at the latest.

The following details are recorded:

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  • Internet browser and operating system used
  • Access method
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