The Austrian National Library
österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Die
With its 6.5 million printed works and other objects, it is the biggest library in the country. However, its international rank is not based on quantity but on the quality of its 10 special collections. As the "nation's memory", it has become far more than a mere museum today and now fulfills all the functions of a big modern library. This means it also has to keep up with today's rapid technical developments. For instance, the picture archive is accessible online worldwide since the beginning of the year 2001. The documentary shows the library's most precious objects and tells the story of its founding, but it also examines its current services, which approximately a half million people make use of every year.