Austrian military library

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Stiftgasse official building

The Austrian Military Library (OEMB) has a population of 750,000 media, the largest official and government library in Austria . It is responsible for the procurement, administration and provision of all printed matter and library, audiovisual media that are required for the company's operations. It is housed in the academy tract of the Stiftskaserne (more correctly “Amtsgebäude Stiftgasse”) in Vienna .


In 1955 the Office for National Defense was established as Section IV of the Federal Chancellery . The administrative library of the Federal Chancellery, the Austrian legal documentation, the library of the war archive and the service library are responsible for the procurement of literature. In 1956 a specialist library was set up in the main building of the Federal Ministry of Defense . In 1963 she moved to the Stiftskaserne, where in 1974 the regulations department took over the remainder of the bulletin boards. In 1980 the formal registration was changed from the " Instructions for the alphabetical catalogs of the Prussian libraries (PI) " to the " Rules for alphabetical cataloging (RAK) " and the first automation-supported word processing machine was introduced the list of new acquisitions will be produced. In addition, the regulation administration and the regulation archive are taken over. In 1983 the library was incorporated into the central office as “Presidential Department D” and in 1984 the first library regulations were introduced. In 1993 there was a change from the systematic to the number-matching list. In 1995 the staff were trained on the library system BIBOS 2, which was added in July and which was replaced by the library system BIBOS 4 in 1999. In 2000 the newspaper administration was taken over by the press and information service, in 2002 a homepage was set up and in 2003 the video and DVD administration of the army picture and film department was taken over. In 2004 the library moved to the academy wing of the Stiftgasse office building, where in 2005 two apprentices were first trained as library, archive and information assistants.


Unit I

Section I deals with the processing of specialist publications in the fields of politics , sociology , history , economics , bibliographies , literature and library studies, as well as encyclopedias and dictionaries. In addition, Department I manages all newspapers, magazines, troop newspapers, videos, DVDs, air traffic control documents and chargeable internet access required in the entire Federal Ministry of Defense (BMLV). The newspapers and magazines that are required for work are sent to the individual departments by direct mail as ongoing subscriptions. Important military journals are available for loan in Section I and can be borrowed at any time using a loan slip.

Section II

As a collection focus, Section II is responsible for processing literature from the fields of military history , military technology , security policy , technology and data processing (EDP). Since the year 2000, the diploma theses of the technical college course at the Theresian Military Academy have also been formally recorded, indexed and made available to users in the library. The often very subject-specific interests of the library users require more and more detailed research on the Internet , especially in the virtual catalogs of foreign armies. Another essential part of Section II is the extensive collection of regulations. In addition to the current Austrian regulations and service aids, there is also an archive of regulations that has been built up since the Federal Army was founded. Foreign regulations are purchased as required for training and research and used as archive copies after the purpose has been fulfilled. Finally, Section II archives and manages all the standards required for service operations.

Section III

It covers the areas of responsibility Juridica , Medicine , Borrowing and Accounting . It also takes on the central administration of the approx. 60 soldiers' libraries and leisure exchanges, which are set up in various barracks across Austria.

  • Accounting: Suppliers, order form and document numbers as well as invoice sums are regularly entered into a separate invoice database, which is essential for budget planning and control. The actual accounting is done by the army accounting agency via the budget department.
  • Borrowing: After filling out an application form, members of the department, but also persons outside the department with special permission, are issued with a user card that entitles them to borrow printed matter for a month and to borrow videos and DVDs for seven days. After training, the user has the opportunity to independently research the inventory catalog and order media that are ready for collection the next day.

There is also the option of selecting videos and DVDs as well as travel literature from the open access area and booking them directly at the loan desk. Users from the federal states can also order in writing using request cards that are attached to the quarterly lists of new acquisitions distributed in the department. You can also order online. The speaker also takes care of the acquisition and inventory of works that can be assigned to the subject groups travel literature, atlases and maps as well as fiction.

Head of the library

  • 1963–1976: Helmut Boese
  • 1977–1981: Wallfried Forster
  • 1981–1991: Frieda Bauer
  • 1992–1999: Ernst Auer
  • since August 1, 1999: Bettina Mais


  • Elizabeth Dietrich-Schulz: The presidential department D (ministerial library and regulation administration) in the Federal Ministry for National Defense. In: Austrian military magazine p. 28, 1990, 56–59.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Library information - users authorized to borrow (access = March 18, 2010)