Advancement of women

As one of Austria’s outstanding cultural institutions, the Austrian National Library strives to play a leading role in social issues too. It is committed to the advancement of women and considers itself responsible for implementing family-friendly and health-promoting initiatives.

Audit „berufundfamilie“

The berufundfamilie audit is a three-year process to assess, develop and optimize the compatibility of work and family. Appropriate measures in line with employees’ needs are planned, implemented and regularly evaluated by an internal working group.

Already in 2008, the Austrian National Library was the first cultural institution to obtain the basic berufundfamilie certificate. Full certification took place in 2011, with recertification in 2014, 2017, 2020 and 2023.

This distinction encourages us in our efforts to further improve and expand family-friendly and health-promoting measures to remain an attractive employer also in the future.


The Austrian National Library preserves a unique cultural heritage handed down through many centuries, and at the same time acts as a forward-thinking centre of information, education and research.  Considering our function as a bridge between the rich heritage of the past and the demands of modern information society, we always set our priorities taking into account their long-term effects. We see ourselves as an institution that generates value and creates impulses, and we want to serve as an example in the sphere of sustainability.

Reading rooms at Heldenplatz and the departments

Due to maintenance work, the reading rooms at Heldenplatz and all departments will be closed from Thursday, July 25 to Monday, August 5, 2024.

Due to the shutdown of the ordering system, no media orders can be accepted from Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 4 pm to Friday, August 2, 2024, 4 pm. The first book collection will take place again on Monday, August 5, 2024.