Austrian media library

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Austrian media library
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Austrian Media Library (magazine)

founding 1960 (as Austrian Phonotheque )
Library type Media library , National Museum
place Vienna 6. , Webgasse 2a Coordinates: 48 ° 11 ′ 32.3 ″  N , 16 ° 20 ′ 55.4 ″  EWorld icon
operator Technical Museum Vienna
management Federal museums (Republic of Austria: Federal Chancellery )

The Austrian Mediathek is the Austrian archive for sound recordings and videos from cultural and contemporary history. It was founded in 1960 as the Austrian Phonotheque by the Federal Ministry of Education and has been a department of the Technisches Museum Wien , a federal scientific institution under public law , since 2001 . As a video and sound archive , the Austrian Mediathek is responsible for the audiovisual cultural heritage of Austria (except for film on photographic media and photography ).


The tasks of the Austrian Media Library include collecting audiovisual media published or produced in Austria and collecting audiovisual media related to Austria. Further tasks are the selective recording of television and radio programs received in Austria. In order to preserve its collections, the Austrian Media Library has specialized in the digitization and digital long-term archiving of audio material. Scientific projects are dedicated to the content processing of archive holdings.


The collections of the Austrian Mediathek mainly cover the subjects of music, literature, history, politics and science. The documents cover a period from the 19th century to the present day and include carriers such as self-cut films , shellac, vinyl records, audio tapes , DAT cassettes , compact cassettes , CDs , DVDs , various video formats and various file formats. Particularly noteworthy are the self-recordings of the Austrian Media Library, the collections of the Austrian Institute for Scientific Film (ÖWF), recordings of premieres from the castle and academy theaters, recordings of the National Council meetings of the Austrian Parliament , the Red-White-Red collection with radio recordings from the post-war period, the Günther Schifter collection with shellacs from the interwar period, recordings of selected radio and television programs , oral history interviews and the estates of Austrian artists and scientists. Numerous audio and video documents are unique and are only available in the Austrian media library.


The entire inventory of the Austrian Media Library is accessible to the public (reference archive). Parts of the inventory can be used over the Internet (around 25,000 hours can be heard online via stream (as of 01/2020)). Virtual exhibitions are devoted to various key topics, including an acoustic chronicle of Austria in the 20th century and an audiovisual atlas. Teaching materials are offered for schoolchildren. The currently most extensive website is The radio journals of the station Ö1 from 1967 to 1999 (with a focus on midday journal ) are available online in full on this platform .


  • Museum regulations of the Technisches Museum Wien (BGB II vol. 2001, January 3, 2001)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Digitization at the mediathek
  2. ^ Scientific projects of the Austrian Media Library
  3. Public service of the Austrian media library