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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 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
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is a gorgeous place to visit. Also they had a display of old rare books for free that included some really interesting books.

Thank LizJ1234
Reviewed 13 March 2017

What a privilege to be able to go inside the National Library. As Librarians, my husband and Iwere very interested to see this historic building as well as the beautiful addition. Truly an asset to Copenhagen... and all of Denmark. Location is close to Nuhavn,...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Arrived in Copenhagen on a rainy day. After booking into hotel we ventured out and as we had no particucar plans for the rest of the day, we decided to walk to the Library. From the distance alone the architecture is amazing to look at...More

Thank AnnaSus1866
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Worth a visit just to see the architecture of the building, but inside there are some exhibitions to look at too. You can also just chill out by the river too

Thank Jamie H
Reviewed 10 February 2017

The Royal Library has an amazing collection of old books and papers. They were all displayed in large cabinets, with full descriptions and explanation sin English. Very interesting

Thank Michael 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
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