Liechtenstein State Library
Legal basis and tasks
The Liechtenstein State Library, colloquially known as the State Library, was formally established by law by the National Library Foundation in 1961. The State Library possesses a legal depository. Aside from forming the library itself, the National Library Foundation also provides librarian’s commissions. The governing board members are appointed by the government, which also acts as the supervisory body of the Foundation. The State Teachers Library, founded in 1906, was incorporated as a separate department via elected decision by the teachers’ conference three-member Commission and also by the State Board of Education. The Office of the Librarian, who governs the National Library Foundation, amended the statutes for the separation. As per the amended statutes, the roles of the State Library changed as such: the State Library now functions as a national library as well as a scientific and public library. As a national library, the State Library collects print materials, pictures and music created by citizens of Liechtenstein as well as items related to Liechtenstein. Also, the State Library acts as a patent library for the Principality of Liechtenstein and as such provides access to comprehensive international patent information. The State Library’s rules and regulations must follow the current legislation under Liechtenstein’s European Economic Area as well as Swiss legislation.
As of 2012, the State Library possesses roughly 250,000 items with nearly 130,000 loans out of 3,956 library patrons. 2,524 of these patrons are from Liechtenstein and 1,432 people are from the local region. In 1999, the State Library’s online library system joined with Ex Libris’ Aleph 500. Aleph 500 provides the library catalogues for every public library in and outside of the Liechtenstein region. The State Library is an associate member of the Information Network of German Switzerland. In addition, the State Library is participating in the Dandelon.com project, in which, the Liechtenstein State Library is scanning their materials for online access; this also includes the University of Liechtenstein donated to the library in 2003. Since August 2012, the State Library is working on another project called eLiechtensteinesia, which provides online access to scans of the Yearbook of the Historical Society for the Principality of Liechtenstein, old national newspapers, and other publications from Liechtenstein.
- Official site (German)