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Royal Library, Copenhagen

Royal Library, Copenhagen

One of the most impressive libraries in the Nordic countries is the Royal Library in Copenhagen. At this library, you will find a rich collection of historical treasures collected meticulously from the 17th Century. Generous donations through ages have helped sustain this library that has the first ever Danish book on display. This book was printed in 1482 and is a part of an extensive collection that includes almost all books printed in this language.

King Frederik III founded the library in 1648 and stocked it with an extensive European collection. After it was opened to the public in 1793, this library became a part of the University Library following the merger in 1989. The Natural and Health Sciences Faculty Library joined the Royal Library through another merger in 2005. Today the library has an impressive collection that covers all subjects. It is spread over four sites each specializing in a subject.

The main library is at Slotsholmen in Copenhagen harbor. The Royal Library specializing in humanities is located at Amager, the one that specializes in law and social sciences at Gothersgade, while the central Copenhagen and the one specializing in health and natural sciences is located at Norre Alle.

Tip:
Entry to the library is free; public tours of the Black Diamond (modern extension) part of the Library are offered every Saturday at 3pm for a fee.
The Black Diamond on the canal is also great for taking photos (outside & inside) – be sure to go up and down the escalators, taking pictures as you do.
The on-site café is good, with seating outside on sunny days (there is also an excellent restaurant, "Søren K"), and you can buy something special in the small shop.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm; Sat: 9am-7pm

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Sight Name: Royal Library
Sight Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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