MAK Reading Room

Research, study, and read, at the weekend as well ...
Internet and WLAN, free of charge.
Scans up to size A2 free of charge

200,000 volumes on art, design, applied art, new media and contemporary art, some 3,700 magazines, 400,000 drawings of various kinds (hand drawings, graphic works, posters, photographs) and the world’s oldest archive of files on applied art are all available via the Reading Room. With this collection, the MAK Library and the Works on Paper Collection belong to the most significant institutions of its kind in Europe. Large parts of the collection can be accessed online at the MAK Collection online.

Designed in 1993 by Ursula Aichwalder and Hermann Strobl, the reading shelves section of the reading room offers a variety of current issues of specialized magazines, encyclopedias, reference works as well as art guides. New releases and literature on current exhibition themes are available.

Scans from MAK publications and magazines after 1930 are free of charge. Color photocopies and photographs can be ordered. Preordered books are supplied from the stacks. Scientific information service is available.

Catalogues of books

MAK catalogue of books up to 1994

MAK catalogue of books from 1994

Library journal catalogue

Journals published by the MAK

MAK Collection online

Austrian Library Association

Worldwide art library portal


Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna, Austria
T +43 1 711 36-259
F +43 1 711 36-222


Opening hours

Tue–Sun, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Visits to the MAK Reading Room are free of charge.


MAK Collection


Library and Works on Paper Collection

Head: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel
The MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection is one of the largest and oldest museum libraries with a focus on applied art. Alongside classic library functions, the collection is also devoted to artistic aspects of the pictorial in all possible variants as well as to the initiation of a reappraisal of art production manifested in paper form.
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MAK Schindler Stipendium


MAK-Schindler Scholarship Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles

MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program
The Austrian Federal Chancellery / Arts Division in cooperation with the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, annually awards a total of eight scholarships for residency at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles. These scholarships are open to free-lance artists, advanced students of architecture ("2. Studienabschnitt"), and graduates of architecture immediately after completion of their degree.
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150 Years of the MAK

MAK Birthday Party

Sat, 17.05.2014
10 a.m.–3 a.m.
free admission
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Set-up, reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection ASIA

Artistic Concept and Design: Tadashi Kawamata
Wed, 12.02.2014
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EOOS - Cooking up a Kitchen

Tue, 03.02.2015
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The Eye of the Century
Published for the exhibition “The Eye of the Century. Snapshots from the Christian R. Skrein Archive” (24.3.–23.5.2004)
560 pages, 503 illustrations
23,5 x 17,5 cm hardbound
MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag Publishers, Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2004