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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

Historical landmark that is worth going. Be quiet as a visitor not to disturb any students studying in the gorgeous self-study area. Connected to the modern building the Black Diamond which offers a place for rest, souvenirs, and nice cake and coffee. Toilets available.

Thank Wing Yee Winnie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The new part of the Royal Library is definitely worth a visit; a modern architectural gem located right on the water with interesting exhibits, a shop, a nice cafe. Beautiful spot for reading and people-watching.

Thank dorothea57
Reviewed 17 November 2017

I like to visit libraries on my trips. This one is cool, a mix of old and new, right on the water. An escalator takes you up a couple of levels but there is a sign saying wheelchairs not allowed, then the elevator says staff...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The "Black Diamond" is a very striking, black glass waterfront addition built on to the charming brick-built Royal Library from 1906. Free to walk in and look around, cross from the Black Diamond to the older library via a glassed-in bridge. Access to the quiet...More

1  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Happily, we participated in the Marina Abramovic exhibit that gives you more than 60 minutes of superb audio readings in a specially designed exhibit room. This is a brilliant way to appreciate the library,s treasures that include rare ancient texts as well precious letters written...More

Thank GreatandLate
Reviewed 8 September 2017

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 3 September 2017

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 31 August 2017 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 19 August 2017

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

1  Thank jrweasmer
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
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
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