The Familien-Fideikommissbibliothek of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine family comprises about 116,000 volumes. It includes works about literature, history, technology, natural sciences, geography and philosophy and covers the main political, social and cultural events from the Late Enlightenment period to the end of the monarchy. In addition to books, manuscripts, sketches, printed graphics and paintings, it also includes photographs, maps, dedications to the emperor and » Files and documents about the imperial family.
Most of the contents of the library can be found in our » Catalogue. In a current project at the Austrian National Library, the works are being fully catalogued and will also be available in digitised versions in future.
Aim of the research projects
The Austrian National Library has set itself the goal of researching the history of the library's collections. The basic research is now being carried out for the second FWF project, covering the period from 1835–1921. The change in the library's role that the project is looking at took place in several stages: from a unique private collection to an Fideikommissbibliothek, later becoming a memorial to the monarchy and finally becoming part of the nation's cultural heritage in the republican era. We would like to give new impetus to the story of Austria's princely and national libraries by studying their place in the national identity and collective memory.
Themes of the research projects
Our research methods include
Have we made you curious? You can find more information about the results of the project on the Website for the FWF research project.