24th August 2020

National Library of Austria: Literature Museum

October 20, 2020 Austrian National Library

Literature museum, library on Heldenplatz, culture day, event

For the 15th time Austria’s libraries are celebrating their annual highlight “Austria reads. . Meeting Point Library “The Austrian National Library offers the largest literary festival in the country a special program: From October 20 to 25 there are numerous free tours, lectures, workshops and unique look behind the scenes of the largest library to experience the country. And also the literature museum is back with free admission and exciting themed tours .

Admission is free. For all events, due to the limited number of participants, registration is required from September 14, 2020 at oesterreichliest@onb.ac.at .

»Program as download (.pdf)

Grillparzerhaus, Johannesgasse 6, 1010 Vienna

Free admission from October 20 to 25, 2020. The themed tours take place from October 22 to 24.

  • October 22, 5 p.m .: Off to Utopia! Future Visions in Literature 
  • October 23, 5 pm: “Apocalypse soon”! News from the end of the world
  • October 24, 4 p.m .: Machine dreams. About time machines and artificial intelligence

Austrian National Library, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna

Free guided tours and workshops on October 20 and 21, 2020


October 20, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
October 21, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

On the trail of my family
Introduction to family and ancestry research
Church registers, genealogical platforms, historical sources from the holdings of the Austrian National Library: for the search for your ancestors, you will find an overview of the sources as well as tips and tricks for your research.
October 20, 2020, 11.30 a.m.
October 21, 2020, 2 p.m.

Kurrent & Co
Learn to read ancient scripts
This lecture focuses on deciphering ancient manuscripts. The ability to read the Kurrent script is developed on the basis of script examples, and there is also basic information on script development in modern times.
October 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
October 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

From the Kaisergarten to the book store
A journey
through time The book store of the Austrian National Library was built over a quarter of a century ago in the area of ​​the historic Burggarten. The peculiarities of this underground archive are presented. Tip: You should combine this lecture with the tour “Six feet under”!
October 20, 2020, 10 a.m.
October 21, 2020, 5 p.m.

Research made easy
Are you still searching or are you already finding?
Using practice-related search examples, you will find out everything you need to do a quick, easy and effective search in the QuickSearch catalog of the Austrian National Library.
October 20, 2020, 4.30 p.m.
October 21, 2020, 12.30 p.m.

ÖNB Digital
The comprehensive portal for all digital media
The new search interface makes it easy to find and discover all the digital holdings of the Austrian National Library.

October 20, 2020, 1 p.m.
October 21, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

More than just life data
Biographical databases
Get to know the extensive database information system and the biographical databases it contains. This talk might be helpful for your family research.


October 20, 2020: 8.30 a.m., 11 a.m., 3.30 p.m., 6.30 p.m.
October 21, 2020: 8.30 a.m. , 11 a.m., 2.30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Six feet under
tour of the library at Heldenplatz
An exclusive insight into the largest library in the country and the book store, which is usually hidden from visitors to the Austrian National Library. Tip: You should combine this lecture with the tour “From the Kaisergarten to the Bucherspeicher” “