The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – comes as a surprise with its length of almost 80 metres and a height of 20 metres. An elaborately decorated dome and numerous frescoes create an imperial flair. Four magnificent Venetian globes with a diameter of over one metre complete the heart of the Austrian National Library.
With over 200,000 historical books, the unique library hall is one of the most beautiful in the world and was last subjected to extensive conservation measures in 1955. From July to December 2022, the 300-year-old baroque splendour was given a new shine and will be open to all visitors again from 1 January 2023.
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 to you from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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