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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
+45 33 47 47 47
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Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's Royal Library also functions as Denmark's national library and stacks for the University of Copenhagen. The building houses a cafe and bookshop, and hosts exhibitions and concerts. Entry to the library is free; public tours are offered on Saturdays at 3 p.m. for a fee.
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Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Indre By (Inner City)
+45 33 47 47 47
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Royal Library primarily for the architecture. Impressive to see how well the new waterfront extension - Black Diamond - is merged with the old library building. I wish that we would have had time for a guided tour, but unfortunately not. Next...More

Thank Olle O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't looking for the Royal Library but accidentally stumbled across it and it was really lovely. The building and grounds are lovely to stroll around. There's also a little cafe selling really good coffee in the grounds.

Thank cazbatt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place on accident, happened to peep down a passage way as we passed through this court yard. Then we ended up there. Extremely beautiful and peaceful gardens. Well worth a visit even if it's to sit for five minutes.

Thank Zebra_Clay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate an excellent lunch at the base of the library and decided to wander through. AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!. I am a university professor and love libraries, but this architectural wonder offers scores of magical nooks to explore. Pie-shaped chairs to accommodate the broad skirts...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

'the black diamont' is the new part of the royal library and a really good working architectonical contrast to the old building. both work extremely well with oneanother.

Thank I710ESthomass
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

I entered the library through the new extension, known as the black diamond. I wish I'd been able to go in the study/reading room, but I wasn't studying, so that was against the rules. Beautiful architecture everywhere.

Thank Eva J
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Tucked away in a corner this great building could have been missed by us. Our guide took us here for a photo stop as the Palace visit was put off due to a last minute cancellation by the authorities. The building is nice and so...More

Thank kc j
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The Black Diamond in Copenhagen was finished in 1999 and is an extension to the Royal Library. The building is shiny, black facets mirror the sea and the sky at the harbour front. It brings the modern art and the old building crossover perfectly.

Thank Marina C
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Black Diamond from outside, really architectural gemstone also from inside. How does new building fit to the old library building is amazing. Most questions you would probably ask as firstcomer are answered right in the entrance ("How may we help you?)" Great building, great service,...More

Thank D0cumenta
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Getting off the river ferry bus at the Black Diamond as I believe it is known. Stunningly impressive with a busy, purposeful ambience inside. The view from the central escalator is exceptional. What a wonderful Library. By contrast the old entrance on the other side...More

Thank Anne B
Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its
blend of charming old buildings and bold new
architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well
as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner
city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which
consists of three buildings, two of which are new and
situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and
venues of the inner city and its surrounding
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