The Library's Mission and History
The Parliamentary Library is Austria's only library of the legislative branch at the federal level. It is an important element of the Parliament’s independence from the executive and judicial powers and thus of its autonomy.
Since its founding, the collection has grown to more than 400,000 volumes. It comprises domestic and foreign parliamentary writings, legal gazettes and collections of regulations, high-court decisions, and fundamental works in the fields of law, political science and parliamentarianism, politics, economics, social sciences and European integration.
Its collection also comprises some 260 current newspapers and specialist periodicals, and a large number of ebooks, eJournals and databases accessible to external users on site. The electronic catalogue is available online. If you would like to take out books on loan, you can obtain a Library card, which is free of charge.
The Library remains an important source of information for the Members of the National and Federal Councils, the Austrian Members of the European Parliament, the staff of parliamentary groups and parliamentary employees under the Parliamentary Staff Act of 1992 and the staff of the Parliamentary Administration. Visitors are welcome to browse the collections and exhibitions at the Library.