Hebräische Buchstaben aus Wien

Historical Hebraica in the Austrian National Library

The term Hebraica refers to works which are entirely, mostly or to a significant extent printed using Hebrew characters, regardless of the language.

Due to the centuries-old collecting tradition, the collection of manuscripts and old prints of the Austrian National Library holds a very large, important and partly unique stock of historical Hebrew printed works in international comparison. These holdings come for the most part from the printing houses of the Habsburg monarchy (Krakow, Prague, Venice, Vienna, Pressburg, etc.).

In the course of the HaLeV project (project completion: July 2008), the catalogue records of the historical prints in Hebrew script were retranslated by autopsy of the book (using the new DIN standard for a transliteration from Hebrew, published in February 2006), corrected, standardised and enriched. Titles and other information have also been added in the original script in many cases, which further facilitates the retrieval of data. It was also possible to correct erroneous attributions of author and work, incorrectly determined places of printing and errors in indexing or conversion of the year of printing, and to add missing data such as year and place. Start your search for our historical Hebraica in our Catalogue QuickSearch.


Reading rooms at Heldenplatz and Papyrus Museum

Due to filming, the reading rooms at Heldenplatz and the Papyrus Museum will be closed fon Saturday, March 2. Thank you for your understanding.

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.
Thank you for your understanding.