The Austrian National Library

The Austrian National Library, previously known as the Imperial Library, is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It was created in the Hapsburg Palace in Vienna to show the magnificence of the royalty and their patronage to art and science. This library is still accessible by the public and now houses all items that are published in Austria. Similar to the British Library in England.

The library was constructed in the Baroque style so it is symmetrical, and decorated with many frescoes and statues. The books are still in the same order they were in in the Baroque period. The wooden shelves and thick walls halve kept the matierlas in good condition as they regulate the temperature.

There are 8 million items belonging to this library. These items are an accumulation of Hapsburg libraries, donations of other libraries, acquisitions etc. All published works of Austria are collected here, no exceptions, as well as selected material from all over the world.

There is an audio-guided tour that I highly recommend. The tour describes the library and it’s history as well as in-depth descriptions of the arcitecture and art. There are also rotating exhibits that are put on in the library. People who are interested in history, architecture or libraries would love this site.


About librarianmaggs

Working on my MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science) and have a tremendous love of books and libraries. Works at a city library and hopes to one day make a difference in the library a world. I want this blog to be a place where we can have conversations about what is happening in the book, library, archive and museum world! It is also a place where I will post travel blogs of libraries, archives, and museums that I visit.
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