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Austrian National Library, Vienna - Address, Phone Number

Address: Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, Austria

Phone: +43-153410

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

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The Austrian National Library is one great attraction for the lovers of literature and books in Vienna. The library boasts of atleast 7.4 million books making it to be the largest library in Austria. Its royal origin can be ascertained from the fact that it was founded by the royal family of Habsburgs and was initially called as Hof- Bibliothek. Inside it, there are various interesting museums and areas to visit such as State Hall, Globe Museum, Esperanto Museum and Papyrus Museum to name a few.

  • State Hall: Boasting of being one of the most beautiful library rooms, this hall reflects grandeur and beautiful architecture. Built in Baroque architecture, it was ordered to be built by Emperor Charles VI.
  • Papyrus Museum: A collection of papers, some of which date back to the middle of the 2nd millennium BC and the most recent papers from the Islamic world of the 13th century AD.
  • Globe Museum: Exhibits all globe like instruments such as armillary spheres, planetariums, and telluriums.
  • Esperanto Museum: Reflects the history of Esperanto language as well as the relationship of man and language.
  • Literature Museum: Collection of Australian Museum from the 18th century to the present.

Austrian National Library Information

  • The place is disabled friendly.

Austrian National Library Ticket Prices

Entry to the Library is Free, however, there are ticket prices for various museums that are located inside.

Combination ticket for Globe, Esperanto and Papyrus Museum

  • Adults: Euro 4
  • Concessions: Euro 3
  • Seniors: Euro 3,50
  • Family Ticket(2 adults with children under 19 years): 6,50

Literature Museum

  • Adults: Euro 7
  • Concessions: Euro 4,50
  • Seniors: Euro 5,50
  • Family Ticket (2 adults with children under 19 years): 12,50


  • Adults: Euro 7
  • Concessions: Euro 4,50
  • Seniors: Euro 5,50
  • Family Ticket (2 adults with children under 19 years): 12, 50

For other categories of ticket prices, please refer to the ossicial website. 

Austrian National Library Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Library is closed on public holidays, on 24 and 31 December and Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
  • The timings of various sections of the Library differ, please check the official website before visiting.
  • The library closes at 12 noon on All Souls Day (2 November)
  • The State Hall and the museums are opened regularly with following exceptions: State Hall, Esperanto Museum and Globe Museum close at 3 p.m. on December 24, at 6 p.m. on December 31.
  • The Papyrus Museum is closed on December 24, 31 and on public holidays.
  • Literature Museum, Esperanto Museum, Globe Museum: 10am-6pm every day, Closed on Mondays.
  • State Hall and Papyrus Musuem (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday): 10am-6pm, Thursday: 10am-9pm, Closed on Mondays. 

How To reach Austrian National Library by Public Transport

  • By Light Rail station: Burgring

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  • Awe-inspiring. The state hall and library is some of the most amazing places in the city. With so much history you can find your self memorized for around an hour. Steeped in history you learn a lot about the freemasons and history of the city. I would recommend a visit.

  • An amazing library to visit. If you're one for architecture, art, and Austrian Royal history then this is the place for you. Quite breathtaking.

  • Their national library is very big and fancy but you can just visit a little part of it. Nowadays there is an exhibition about Free Masons.

  • Very interesting exhibition on Freemasonry. Definitely recommend a visit.

  • The Austrian National Library was funded by the Habsburg and is the largest, and likely one of the most beautiful libraries in Austria. As the national library, it stores every book ever publish in Austria but its main attraction is its collection of rare books and manuscripts that is a treasure trove on its own. Since it’s Vienna, it’s also notable that the library stores first prints of major music scores by famous composers. The library is housed within the Imperial Palace so it’s no typical library. The palace the books live in is ornate, decorated with culture and beautiful to walk through. Its space, a cathedral to knowledge. Absolutely stunning.

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