Liechtenstein State Library

The Liechtenstein National Library, the National Library of Liechtenstein, Vaduz.

Legal basis and tasks

The State Library was established by law on the establishment of a National Library Foundation in 1961 as a foundation under public law ( Official Gazette No. 25 of 14 November 1961). Based on this law, the State Library also has the legal deposit. As a foundation board members, a library and a librarian Commission were provided. The members of the Council are appointed by the government, which is also the governing body of the Foundation. The state teachers library established in 1906 was incorporated as a separate department under the management of a selected teacher conference three-member Commission and under the supervision of the Regional School Board. The Office of the librarian as head of the National Library was exercised in personal union by the state archivist was before amending the statutes for the separation of these two functions in 2001.

It combines the functions of a national library with those of a scientific and a public library. As the national library collects the institution printing, image and audio files, whose authors are citizens of Liechtenstein or have the Liechtenstein and its proximity to the object. In addition, the State Library acts as a patent library for the Principality of Liechtenstein and as such offers access to comprehensive international patent information.

The state library has to provide the current version of the applicable legislation in Liechtenstein EEA and the Swiss legislation for inspection and (for a fee ) expression available during opening times.


As of 2012, the library had about 250,000 media with nearly 130,000 loans and extensions by 3'956 users, of which 2'524 1'432 from Liechtenstein and from the region. The State Library, through its introduced in 1999 online library system Aleph 500 Ex Libris Group access for the population of all public and other libraries Liechtenstein. It is an associate member of the Information Network of German Switzerland. In addition, there is a participation in the project in which, through the scanning and indexing of the tables of contents of books of nonfiction and inventory of Liechtensteinensia their improved tapping is to be achieved. Here also acquired in 2003 from the holdings of the University of Liechtenstein is included. Since August 2010 the State Library by the eLiechtensteinensia project access to content from the Yearbook of the Historical Society of the Principality of Liechtenstein, the old national newspapers and other publications from Liechtenstein.


The State Library employed according to its annual report 2012 19 people, including three in training to information and documentation assistants, under the leadership of the country librarian Barbara Vogt. The State Library is the only training institution in Liechtenstein for the profession of I D Wizard.

The Foundation's assets amounted to 31 December 2012 SFr. 571'098 .81 and the expenditure Rs. 1'838'608 .54 including SFr. 203'931 .14 for new acquisitions. The revenue consisted predominantly of a state contribution of SFr. 1'740'000 the Government of Liechtenstein.

After a start in 1962 in three rooms in the local school moved the library in 1968 in the then AHV building in Gerberweg 5 followed extensions in 1986 and further in 1997 /98. In Pflugstrasse there is an outside custodian, in which more than half of the inventory is stored.