How to download a manuscript at the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek)

This is for all you non-German speakers out there.  Yes, it is indeed possible to download a PDF of manuscripts at the ONB in Vienna!

All the fully-digitised manuscripts for the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek are listed on a page here:  (The link doesn’t look very permanent, so you might have to search at  [Update: drill down from]

But it is very useful to have them all on one page!  Ctrl-F to find the manuscript you want by number.

Here’s a screen-grab of the top of the page:

Click on the manuscript you want.  I’ve highlighted ONB 6.  Here’s the next page:

What you want is the “Volldigitalisat” – “Fully digitised”.  Click on the “Quicksearch” link:

I had to use Chrome’s automatic translate facility to work out which, if any of this, was relevant.  It’s “Online-Zugriff”.  Click there.  That will take you down the page, to somewhere seemingly random:

Clicking on “Digitales Objeckt” will, at last, take you to the online manuscript.

Right-click on the image, and the menu above will appear.  This contains the exciting words “Objekt herunterladen” – “Download Object”.  If you click on this, you will be prompted to download a PDF of the “Gesamtes Objekt” – the whole thing.

Marvellous!  Well done the ONB.  Now I can mark up the PDF and do some work on the manuscript.

Update, 11 March 2023: the website has now changed, and none of this now works.  There is a download link on the manuscript itself, but this does not seem to work.  If anybody knows where they have hidden the link, please add a comment.


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