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Austrian National Library, Vienna

Card catalogs may be an anachronism in today's digitized world, but this library had the first one in existence, invented by the Habsburg court librarian.

Card catalogs may be an anachronism in today's digitized world, but this library had the first one in existence, invented by the Habsburg court librarian. Unlike the printed library catalogs of the past, bound into book form, the card catalog could be rapidly updated and the library kept up-to-date. This well-ordered reader's paradise has a collection that outshines many museums, thanks to its long association with the Habsburg imperial family. It gained an impressive collection when Emperor Josef II dissolved all the empire's monasteries - 300 manuscripts, 3,000 printed books, and 5000 diplomata. The library's collection is approximately six million items strong and is the largest in Austria. It is a pioneer in digitalizing and placing its collection online. The oldest book in the collection is a fifteenth century Holy Gospels manuscript with scenes representing the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) containing the coats of arms of the House of Austria, Styria, Tirol, and Carinthia, then ruled by Albrecht III, the book's owner.


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About Austrian National Library

 Josefsplatz 1

 +43 1 53410

 www.onb.ac.at

Austrian National Library and Nearby Sights on Map

Schmetterlinghaus

A tropical greenhouse with an amazing collection of live butterflies, will delight both children and adults

Imperial Treasury

The best part of the Hofburg and an absolute must

Chapel of the Imperial Palace

The original chapel of the

Albertina

The Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace and a popular art gallery in Vienna, with over 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from Late Gothic to contemporary

Spanish Riding School

Hofburg Palace

This immense palace complex grew into a large, unwieldy series of buildings over the years and was the imperial residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918

The Old Synagogue

Underneath the Judenplatz (The Jewish Square), you will find this underground medieval synagogue excavation

Kapuzinerkirche

Notable mainly as the site of the Kaisergruft, a mausoleum housing the tombs of generations of Habsburg royalty

Augustinian Friars' Church

Yet another example of the gruesome divide-and-conquer burial strategy of the Habsburg dynasty

Neue Hofburg

The newest and largest section of the Imperial Palace