Usage, Citation and Liability



Saving and Printing


Anniversary and birthday newspapers


Usage, Citation and Liability

How can content of ANNO be used properly?

The Austrian National Library (ÖNB) does not have copyright claims on any of the content it makes available on the web. The ÖNB therefore expressly agrees to the reuse of content which can be accessed through the ÖNB website. It should be noted, however, that the rights of third parties are to be individually clarified in the case of the reuse of any content. 

If Google is stated as a partner under the section "Information zur Zeitung", the digital copies can only be used for non-commercial purposes. However, high-quality images may be ordered. Detailed information regarding costs, reproduction of images on site, permission for commercial use and other requests is provided here

How to properly cite content from ANNO?

If you wish to use written contents from periodicals, either directly or indirectly, please indicate the title, issue number and/or date of issue, and the page number(s). Source information should include "ANNO/Austrian National Library" or the specific URL for the contents as part of the citation in the list of references. 

For use of any images, the above citation requirements should be presented along with the image and include reference to „Image: Courtesy of ANNO/Austrian National Library.“ 

Release of liability on behalf of the Austrian National Library for the content of its collections

"As a memory institution and archive library, the Austrian National Library is responsible for archiving and ensuring public access to all types of publications, sources, and contemporary and historical background material. The holdings are not evaluated by the library and are primarily destined for use in scientific research. The Austrian National Library expressly distances itself from any content that is discriminatory, national socialist in nature or glorifies violence." (= §11 of the Library Regulations of the Austrian National Library)



What will be digitised?

The scope of materials we are digitising is limited to newspapers and periodicals published within the historical borders of Austria. The criteria used to prioritise the titles are: 

  • historic relevance of the title
  • objects in a poor physical condition
  • demand frequency 
  • newspapers and periodicals which have been published more than 70 years ago
  • projects with particular themes 
  • projects with our cooperation partners 

In recent years, we have expanded our digitisation program to include newspapers from the physical holdings of the Austrian National Library, which are supra-regionally important. 

How do we digitise?

The scans are produced, depending on the conservation status of the resource, in the Digital Services Department of the Austrian National Library, or by an external service provider. 

Altough the through-feed method of scanning is faster, it requires the removal of the book covers. Therefore, we only choose this technique when there are multiple copies of a title. In all other cases, the reflected-light method is used. 
When the ANNO project began, images were only produced in black and white. Since then, digitisation methods have greatly improved and now digitisation is in color.  

After the initial scanning process is complete, we conduct an internal quality control of the images with the aim of reducing, to the greatest extent possible, any missing elements or errors. However, due to the high volume (approximately one million scans per year) it is impossible to control every single image. 

What do I do if I find an error?

Due to the historic nature of these resources, it is possible that some elements may be missing from the original document. However, it may also be the result of a scanning error, and can be found elsewhere in our holdings. If you discover an irregularity, please contact us at anno@onb.ac.at.



Is it possible to do a full-text search?

More than 90 percent of our digital collection is searchable in full-text. Thank you for understanding that detailed instructions on how to use our search engine is available in German only, since the research in most of our newspapers requires the knowledge of the German language. 

Where do I find recent newspapers and periodicals?

You can use several research portals of the Austrian National Library to search in our catalogue or in further newspaper-databases. Frequently used domestic and international newspapers can be found here. 

Current magazines (mostly: the current year) and newspapers (mostly: the past few weeks) in subject groups 1 to 40 are available in the Magazine Reading Room (LS 3) for immediate use. Recent international newspapers can be obtained at the counter in the Magazine Reading Room. 
Library ticket holders may also access current and recent newspaper issues digitally at designated internet workstations in the library or from home via PressReader, Wiso Presse and Austria Kiosk Free Lounge


Saving and Printing

How can I save contents of ANNO?

A particular page of a newspaper can be saved as a PDF in the single page view. 

Drucken einer Gesamtausgabe aus ANNO


In order to maintain the best possible quality while downloading a free copy, please use the "orig"-button. Alternatively a high-quality scan can be ordered via our reproduction site. Please note that this service involves costs. 

Drucken einer Einzelseite aus ANNO

How can I print contents from ANNO?

In order to print contents from ANNO, please download them as a PDF or image file beforehand. 



Are cooperations with the Austrian National Library possible?

The Austrian National Library welcomes requests for cooperation. Should you be interested in establishing a cooperation with us, please contact anno@onb.ac.at for detailed information.  


Anniversary and birthday newspapers

How can I purchase an anniversary or birthday newspaper?

A wonderful and unique gift, copies of newspapers can be ordered for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, retirements, company anniversaries, or to mark any special occasion. The newspaper for your date is then presented in a hand-made cover to create an unforgettable keepsake. 

For further informations please click here