THE FREDERIC MORTON LIBRARY
The ACFNY's cozy library is named after the acclaimed Vienna-born US writer and intellectual Frederic Morton (1924-2015) and offers the largest collection of Austrian content in North America, with more than 11,000 volumes of literature, art publications, historical, and political works.
Take advantage of our reference library and its more than 11,000 volumes of Austriaca. You can find titles in our online catalog that also includes the data of additional 60 libraries including the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek).
Frederic Morton, who was born in 1924 as Fritz Mandelbaum, fled Austria with his family in 1939. He settled in New York City in 1940, where he had a celebrated literary career with bestselling novels such as Thunder at Twilight, The Forever Street, and The Rothschilds, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and became the basis of a 1970 Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical that ran for more than 500 performances on Broadway. The library was officially dedicated to Frederic Morton on January 22, 2018 on the occasion of the Austrian "Gedenkjahr/Remembrance Year 2018" and the 75th Anniversary of the Austrian Institute.
For personal library visits, our public hours are:
MON - FRI 10 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM
(except U.S. and Austrian holidays, a list of which can be found here)
Membership entitles patrons to borrowing privileges, and is free.