Austrian National Library crowdfunding campaign exceeds expectations – Vindobona.org
Austrian National Library – Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek: Former storage of the funds of the Sub tabula in the table boxes of the ceremonial hall (Prunksaal). / Photo: Â© Ãsterreichische Nationalbibliothek
The crowdfunding campaign launched by the Austrian National Library for the restoration of large-format illustrated volumes ended with great success with an amount well above the target of 15,000 euros.
Thanks to more than 118 supporters, 20,848 euros were collected in a very short time for the restoration of the precious collection.
The campaign ran from October 13 to November 18, 2021 on the wemakeit.com platform.
Managing Director Dr. Johanna Rachinger: âThe target of 15,000 euros has already been reached after 10 days and impressively demonstrates the importance of the cultural heritage book for a wide audience. We are very pleased with the generous willingness of the population to preserve valuable collections for future generations. “
These particular works are around 260 large format volumes, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, which have suffered over the centuries due to their position displayed in the open tables of the State Room. The campaign will fund the maintenance, restoration and long-term preservation of the works.
In the future, once the restoration is complete, they will be stored in acid-free envelopes and in a suitable depot.
In addition, the works will be digitized and made accessible through the catalog.
As part of the crowdfunding campaign, many attractive rewards were presented as a thank you. The library bag with a limited gift card was particularly popular, as were the guided tours 15 meters under Heldenplatz in the book depot of the Austrian National Library, an exclusive glimpse into the restoration of ancient treasures and the secret underground path. from the reading rooms at Heldenplatz to the State Hall at Josefsplatz.
Funds raised beyond the donation target will allow the Austrian National Library to carry out additional detail work as part of the restoration.