The VALIE EXPORT Center Linz sees itself as a place of research where all of the eponymous artist's archive materials can be studied on site and, gradually, online. They encompass documents, correspondences, autographs, sketches, drafts, texts, books, audiovisual media, and many more. In addition, terminals will make it possible to view the artist's films and videos for the purpose of research.

On the basis of the archive materials and the library collection, the artistic/scientific questions can be attributed their place in VALIE EXPORT's oeuvre and teaching, and her reception and international network be located.

In doing so, the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz collaborates with international researchers and seeks to network, interact and co-operate with similarly oriented private and institutional (museum and university) archives around the world.