Using the archive

As a rule, archival items are available for research purposes after the 30-year retention period has expired (Bundesarchivgesetz § 8 Abs. 1) and provided that legal restrictions concerning data protection and personal rights are observed.

Prior to access, a user sheet must be completed and (on the first visit) a passport or similar official ID must be presented. It is recommended that you consult the responsible staff member or the head archivist before you initiate an archival research.

Please order archival items as early as possible. Orders take at least one day. Photocopies and scans can by provided for a fee as long as long as there are no conservational concerns.

Written research queries from researchers not located in Vienna will be processed according to available staff resources.

Opening Hours

News: Due to an event on Wednesday, November 20th 2019, the reading room will be closed in the afternoon.

Reading Room Opening Hours during the semester
Monday 9:00am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 3:30pm
Thursday 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Christmas Holidays 2019:
From December 23th 2019 to January 03rd 2020 the reading room remains closed.