Department of Manuscripts
and Rare Books

[Translate to English:] Bild von Folio 2 recto aus dem Gründungscodex der ÖNB, dem sogenannten Troppauer-Evangeliar.

The holdings in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books comprise the historic core of the former imperial library from which the Austrian National Library was created.

Ever since the first Court Librarian was appointed in 1575, western and oriental manuscripts, autograph manuscripts, bequests and printed material from the earliest days of the printing press up to 1850 have been preserved, collected and indexed here.

The individual collections are world-ranking in their size and diversity. Even though only restricted access is possible to many of the principal works, in the interests of conservation Digitisation projects, a large number of facsimiles and the extensive collection of specialist literature allow you to engage with our historic books.

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State Hall and Augustinian Reading Room

Due to filming, the State Hall will be closed from February 27 until March 12, 2024. 

The Augustinian Reading Room will be closed from February 27 until March 8, 2024. During this time, no books can be provided from the collection in the State Hall. As a substitute, the Reading Room of the Collection of Manuscripts and Old Prints (Josefsplatz 1 in the left wing of the building, Manuscripts Staircase 2nd floor) will be available during regular opening hours.
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