The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (ONB) is the main scientific library of the Republic of Austria. With a history dating back to the 14th century, the ONB’s collections contain a significant part of the world’s cultural heritage. The library offers access to and professionally competent advice on its own holdings and links to international digital resources and digital library services. The ONB is required by media law to receive a copy of every publication appearing in Austria. Since 2009 the media law also includes legal deposit of online publications and the ONB has a legal mandate to harvest the Austrian web space on a regular basis.
The library has a long tradition in the preservation of information and its obligations also comprise preserving and making accessible large quantities of deposited or harvested digital resources as well as the results from large-scale digitisation projects. In addition the ONB acts as a research centre and has been involved in numerous national and international research and development projects in the fields of digital preservation, digital libraries and digitisation. The library is strongly involved in the Commission’s European Digital Library initiative and a main contributor to Europeana. Recently, the library announced a large-scale digitisation cooperation with Google.