The Austrian Film Museum Library is the most comprehensive and most detailed public film library in Austria. It holds more than 23.000 books and over 400 magazine titles covering a broad range of film-related topics. It also includes a study collection of films on video and DVD which can be
consulted on appointment.
From 1964 onwards, the Film Museum has been collecting publications in various languages on film history, theory, technology,
about all kinds of genres, filmmakers and individual films. The library also includes a large number of brochures, often related
to film events, which had a limited circulation when first published.
In the book catalogue – available online as well as in the library – you can search for: book titles, genres, persons, authors and keywords. The newest publications
are regularly acquired and catalogued immediately.
An important part of the library are the film magazines such as Cahiers du Cinéma, Positif, Film Comment, Film Culture, Film Quarterly, Variety, Sight and Sound, Filmkriti and many more – from Cuba to Russia, from Andy Warhol's Interview to Austrian film magazines. The Periodicals Collection also includes a rich selection of early American Periodicals from 1908 to 1935 and several titles that existed for short
periods only but had a strong influence on film historiography, such as Close Up (1927-33), Experimental Film (1930-34), La Revue du Cinéma (1946-49), Film (1963-71), Kintop (1992-2005) or cinéma (2001-07). The international Film Perodical Index, a database of articles in film magazines since 1972, is available in the library.
Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Film Museum was able to acquire Amos Vogel's private library and a part of his audio recordings and early German-language writings in 2012.
The library is open to the public and free of charge. Since summer 2018 it is situated on the 2nd floor of our location at
Hanuschgasse 3 and open Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 to 6 p.m.. Please note that it is a reference library: we do not lend books. Free WLAN access.
For any further information, please contact our librarian Elisabeth Streit:
T+43 | 1 | 533 70 54 Ext 31
Media Library / Video Viewing
The Film Museum's study collection of films on video or DVD comprises several thousand titles. It is available for consultation
on Wednesdays, but solely for members and by prior appointment.