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The baroque world in the State Hall

What comes to mind when you think of a library hall? Enter the State Hall of the Austrian National Library and your expectations are guaranteed to be exceeded.

Feel the essence of history.

The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a nearly 80 metres long and 20 metres high. An intricately decorated dome and numerous frescos provide an imperial flair. This baroque jewel is home to over 200,000 tomes. Four magnificent Venetian globes, each with a diameter of over one metre, provide the finishing touch to the heart of the Austrian National Library.


Fritz Habeck on the February Fighting 1934

Until November 15 at the State Hall

Fritz Habeck was the author of several novels and internationally successful books for young people as well as detective stories. At the same time, his diaries are excellent historical testimonies. One of the volumes dates from 1934 and documents the experiences of the 17-year-old Habeck during the February civil war, which he witnessed at close quarters.

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Capacity library area at Heldenplatz

Due to the minimum distance required by the authorities, currently not all seats are available in the reading rooms. The capacity indicator serves as an orientation for your visit


302 seats (reading rooms, lounge or research zone) are still available.

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