Library

The library (Opening times of the reading room) of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) is an academically-run specialist library, covering all subjects of technical, scientific and industrial history, with a focus on Austria.

It is a publicly-accessible reference library. Therefore, items cannot be borrowed and taken home. However, the books are available at all times. The library can be visited free of charge whenever the reading room is open. The entire holding of the library, comprising around 110,000 volumes, is continually being expanded and can be searched using the online catalogue.

In addition to books, we offer 1,700 periodicals, of which 110 are continuously held and are available in the reading room.

In recent years, the library has taken over the following independent libraries from other museums and institutions. 

  • The library of the former Railway Museum
  • The library of the former Post Office and Telegraph Museum
  • The library of the Electropathological Museum
  • The library of the Hörbiger Institute (Welteislehre (World Ice Theory))

Opening times of the reading room:

Tuesday, Wednesday: 09:30 - 16:00
Thursday: 13:00 - 18:00
Friday: advance reservation

Closed:

Mo, Sat, Sun, bank holidays, 15 July – 31 August, 24 December. – 06 January.

Access

The reading room is located on Level 5; access is through the Information area in the entrance hall.
A small part of the holdings of the library:
  •  Quelle: Technisches Museum Wien, Bibliothek

    Die Wärme im Mistbeet

    Unfortunately this article is only available in German.
  • © Technisches Museum Wien, Foto: Peter Sedlaczek

    Der Kriegs-Struwwelpeter

    Unfortunately this article is only available in German.
  • © Technisches Museum Wien, Foto: Peter Sedlaczek

    Buch "Krieg dem Kriege"

    Unfortunately this article is only available in German.
  • Source: Technisches Museum Wien

    Brainwaves and bright sparks

    The library of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) holds a comprehensive range of literature on many, primarily Austrian, inventors and scientists. Three of these are presented here as an example.
  • Source: Technisches Museum Wien

    Technology on a plate - national and international

    What do espresso machines, the zip, the free piston atmospheric engine and the Lohner-Porsche (first electric hybrid car) have in common? They were all presented for the first time at a (world) exhibition.
  • Source: Technisches Museum Wien

    Communicating everywhere at all times

    "The horse does not eat cucumber salad". This is what Philipp Reis apparently said when making the first call using his telephone apparatus. From such a trivial start began a new era in the history of communication.
  • Source: Technisches Museum Wien

    En route - by land, water and air

    By water, land and air - books on the subject of transport form a focus of the holdings of the library.
  • Source: Technisches Museum Wien

    Products and their marketing

    One focus of the library is on company publications, commemorative publications and product catalogues. They document the history of companies, Austrian social history and working conditions in companies.
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