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The Austrian National
library is the legal successor to the imperial
royal court library of the Austrian Empire.
The beginnings of the former court library go back to
the second half of the 14. century when the
Habsburgs began to collect manuscripts or to
commission them. The splendid baroque library
constructed between 1723 and 1726 at Josefsplatz
housed all the court library's manuscripts,
incunabula, autographs, printed books, maps,
globes and copper engravings until the late 19.
century. The various special collections were
then transferred to buildings adjoining the
imperial library. The library was named the
Austrian National Library in 1945 (from 1920
-1945 it was called the National Library). In
1967 central reading areas (catalogues, the main
reading room and the periodicals reading room) were moved to the new imperial palace at Heldenplatz. In 1992 the
subterranean area with large subterranean depots
and additional reading rooms (for large formats and micro forms) was
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