Collection: The media collection currently contains ca. 40,000 audio and audiovisual recordings (July 2017):

·         20,300 CDs

·         20,000 LPs

·         600 DVDs

·         500 videos

·         shellacs and audio tapes

The main subject focus of the media collection is jazz: The archive hosts a comprehensive collection of jazz recordings of the 20th and 21st century, with a main focus on the years of bebop and hard bop. Over the last 20 years, the collection of popular music and Latin American music has been growing significantly.

Due to new acquisitions and donations, the media collection increases continuously; the staff is eager to maintain it at the musical pulse of the time. Besides productions of the major jazz labels and their sub labels, particularly the productions of European independent labels are researched in order to trace the developments of the young European jazz scene.

Our media collection is a reference library; all recordings can be listened to on-site. Research of our collection can be conducted online ( If you are planning a longer research stay at our institute, we will be happy to assist you with the organization (e.g., travel, accommodation, infrastructure).

For questions please contact Werner Radzik (werner.radzik(at); +43 316 389-3493) or our secretariat (jazzresearch(at); +43 316 389-3160).

Opening hours during the non-lecture period (starting from 12th July 2021):
Monday: 8:00-12:00

Closed on: 9th August 2021

Please note that the opening times can change at short notice. For current information please call +43 316 389 3160.