2002: Disincorporation from Federal Administration

2002: Disincorporation from Federal Administration

Entrance to the Neue Burg, 2017

The Federal Museum Act passed in 2002 and the Austrian National Library’s statute based on it brought a major and the as yet final change in terms of the library’s legal basis and organisation. An institution hitherto dependent on the federal administration and limited in its legal capacity, it was now given complete legal independence and received the status of a federal academic institution according to public law, which had shortly before also been granted, among others, to the Art History Museum (1999) and the Vienna Technical Museum (2000). This involved the complete shift to an independent business organisation, more flexibility with regard to human resources and budget, and, in general, the library administration’s professionalisation. The subsidies to be provided by the federal government for the Austrian National Library to fulfil its legal mission have ever since been enshrined in law in the form of a basic remuneration, which allows for longer-term and more goal-oriented budgetary planning. However, the Republic of Austria remains the legal owner of the real estate and collections entrusted to the Austrian National Library for utilisation.

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.