Book Adoption Campaign

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Department of Development and International Relations

Our supporters

Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Pope John Paul II., Martin Scorsese, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Donna Leon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

Not only sponsor but adopt a book: The Austrian National Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and is regarded as a cultural treasure chest of Austria with about 10 million books and other objects. As a book sponsor you help to preserve the valuable holdings of the Austrian National Library and secure the future of its extensive collections. Thanks to your donation we can take care of badly damaged books and prints which urgently need conservation treatment.

Persons and industrial companies from all over the world, but also many private booklovers have already taken over sponsorship of books, maps, globes, drawings, music manuscripts, papyri, posters, photos, and other unique objects of the Austrian National Library. Their reasons vary: possibly an anniversary, a conference, a birthday, a memory of a visit to Vienna or simply the idea of responding to one’s cultural responsibility in a very special way.

To date 7.000 book adoptions have made it possible for us to conserve thousands of books, to employ more trained staff, to acquire new instruments for the conservation work, and even to preserve whole groups of holdings.

With a donation of EUR 500 or more, you can become the sponsor of a book at the Austrian National Library. We are pleased to suggest to you a topic suited to your motivation. You receive a certificate with your name and the title of the work you are sponsoring. A bookplate (ex libris) with the chosen name is added to your book or object (map, poster, music manuscript, etc.). In addition, you are invited to the yearly reception by the Director General.

For a donation of at EUR 1,000 or more we also invite you to a guided behind-the-scenes tour through the Austrian National Library.

We are grateful for any amount donated to the book adoption campaign. Amounts of less than EUR 500 will be used for the long-term conservation of our holdings.

Bank details:
Austrian National Library
BAWAG P.S.K. AG (bank code 60.000)
Account Number: 96.050.710
Seitzergasse 2-4
1010 Wien /Vienna

Intended purpose: Book Conservation
IBAN: AT38-6000-0000-9605-0710

Donations to the campaign book sponsorship at the Austrian National Library are tax deductible for private persons in Austria, and for companies as operating costs.

Have you got further questions on book adoption? Look here for more information. We will gladly give you personal advice.