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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 27 June 2016

The famous building known as the black diamond, due to its shape and reflections on its surface, is the national and the university library of Copenhagen. It was founded in 1648 by Frederick III and today has five sites, but this one is the most...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 21 June 2016

We thought the black diamant part was better from the outside than from the inside, but do recomment to go in to see the lecture room in the old building.

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 27 May 2016

The new building called the black diamond is beautiful, and the views from the terrace are nice. For the architecture, step inside and have a look. There are (paying) exhibitions downstairs, but the treasures of the library (documents by HC Andersen, K Blixen, N Bohr...More

Thank onzils
Reviewed 12 May 2016

This is still actively used. The reading room is off limits except for those using it, and the collection of books is underground. Not much to see here. The cafe has a good view of the waterfront.

Thank Danott
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Love this library. Live in Copenhagen and have used it to study. But will continue to use it when i've finished. The cafe is way overpriced, but in the summer it is lovely to sit outside with a cup of coffee by the water or...More

Thank Frejdi
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

In the middle of the city centre is an oasis of tranquility: the Garden of the Royal Library. If you enjoy a stroll, architecture and a slower pace in the city, this is the place to visit. Almost a secret garden, guess there are a...More

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Absolutely glorious building and must be a wonderful place to study. Not much to really to see as a tourist, but clearly that's not the point of it!

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We walked around the area as part of our Borgen walking tour, from the Christiansburg Palace. Very impressive building. You do get the impression that some of the 1960s and 1970s buildings were allowed without much thought as to their impact on the skyline but...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Wondered in because it was getting a bit chilly. Spent an hour there just looking at the architecture. A lovely peaceful setting and well worth a visit.

Thank Fluff0463
Reviewed 10 January 2016

The library was closen when we visited but we walked alongside to the water. There was the Black Diamond, it is truly a remarkable building and the location by the water is top!

Thank Hilde C
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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