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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Austrian National Library and Nearby Attractions on Map
Kunsthistorisches Museum(0.5 km)
One of the world's greatest art museums and in a palace that is a work of art itself.
Hofburg Palace(0.2 km)
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.
Opera House(0.4 km)
Probably the most-beloved symbol of Viennese arts, and one of the first buildings to be rebuilt in the postwar era.
Neue Hofburg(0.2 km)
The newest and largest section of the Imperial Palace.
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.
Largest Baroque cathedral north of the Alps, designed by the famous architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
The Museum District(0.9 km)
Has served as a cultural district of Vienna since 2001.
Austrian Parliament Building(0.9 km)
The Austrian Parliament Building is a magnificent and imposing building in marble where the Nationalrat (National Council) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) meet.
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