1. Facts about the library
The library of the Albertina is a historically accumulated collection containing specialist books on art history, particularly on the history of the art of drawing, art prints and photography. In addition, it comprises some 100 ongoing subscriptions to print media and a singular collection of historic auction catalogues and illustrated books (artists books). Its total holdings of more than 100,000 titles feature, besides the Albertinas own stock, also items on loan from the National Library, situated close by.
2. Who may use the library
The holdings of the library are available to all persons during opening hours in the Reading Room, free of charge and without prior notification.
In order to be eligible to access books, journals and other media a currently valid, official photo ID needs to be deposited at the reception for the duration of your stay.
4. Conditions of use of the library
The library is a reference and magazine library, i.e., its media may not be borrowed to be taken out. The Study Hall provides important reference works and handbooks to be used free of charge. Access to the stack rooms is not granted. Availability of certain media may be ascertained by checking the research OPAC (digital library catalogue) or by placing inquiries with members of the library staff. Items found to be among the librarys holdings may then be requested for viewing by filling out an order form. In the case of particularly valuable and/or poorly preserved documents, for conservational reasons utilisation of the original may not always be possible. The library is also entitled to retain data relating to the persons utilising such objects in the collection beyond the completion of that utilisation.
Before entering the Reading Room, all coats, jackets, umbrellas, etc. must be deposited in the locker boxes designated for this purpose. Upon request, small, transparent plastic bags may be obtained at the reception desk for documents or items of personal use.
Smoking, eating, drinking and the use of cell phones are not permitted in the Reading Room of the library out of consideration for other users and in the interest of protecting the exhibits. Undue noise is to be avoided. Anyone found to be repeatedly disregarding the librarys policy, damaging exhibits or library furnishings, stealing or disturbing others, may be excluded from using the library either temporarily or permanently.
Bringing a laptop and pencils is permitted. Taking photographs from books with a digital camera (without a flash) is also condoned.
The user is responsible for the safe and proper handling of the works loaned, and is liable for damages incurred or loss. It is not permissible to scribble notes, leave marks or attach stickers to the librarys exhibits. The library will charge users responsible for such damages any repair, replacing and handling expenses. If a work has been destroyed and can no longer be obtained on the market, then compensation of its value must be paid.
Photocopies of pages from books may be obtained by issuing an order in writing for such copies to be made. (The appropriate forms are available at the library.) Under normal circumstances, the order is carried out within a single working day. Copying of entire books is not possible. Books published before the year 1900 are subject to a general copy ban. The tariffs for copies can be gleaned from the tariff list, also available at the library.