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The Library of the Essl Museum was founded when the new museum was opened in November
1999. At that time it already held more than 5,000 titles, consistently collected
by Agnes and Karlheinz Essl since 1973. As of 1987, the surge of exhibitions at
the Schömer Haus and especially at the Essl Museum brought a wealth of new
Currently, holdings comprise approximately 20,000 media featuring the art scene
of the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular books, exhibition catalogues, auction
catalogues, art magazines and modern information tools, such as videos, CDs and
DVDs. Every year we receive approximately 2000 volumes by library exchange, donations
Monographs (over 10,000 catalogues) constitute the core of the Library, and
we seek to give precedence to literature on artists whose works are part of the
Essl Collection. Moreover, works on contemporary Austrian art since 1945, as well
as books and catalogues on Australian aboriginal art, figure prominently among
the Library’s holdings.
Our Library was conceived as a reference library; in other words, books cannot
be borrowed by visitors, but we do provide copying services. We also make available
study material on ongoing exhibitions on closed reserve. The library of the Essl
Museum is equally open to users not visiting the museum, who are requested to
contact staff at the reception.