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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)
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

I spent about 45 minutes wandering from floor to floor of the library and was just overwhelmed by how beautiful the architecture was. I highly recommend getting up to at least the second floor, where you can get a good view of the readings rooms,...More

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this amazing piece of architecture on a cold, wet rainy day. From the outside, the modernist structure looks like a black diamond. The interior is a stunning, light filled space. We sat in the cafe & drank coffee and hot chocolate whilst watching...More

Thank Caroline M
Reviewed 6 October 2016

The library is located in an impressive new building called "The Black Diamant" located on the Harbourfront and linked to the old National Library. Behind it you will find a really nice and quiet garden which is the perfect place to rest on your way...More

Thank Nordboen
Reviewed 24 August 2016

As a reader of Kierkegaard, I had to see his statue set in the beautiful gardens outside the Library. The Royal Library is a beautiful old building, and you can walk through to the ultra modern Black Diamond. Not sure what Soren K. would have...More

Thank Terry C
Reviewed 20 August 2016

The old library joins with the new in the form of the Black Diamond which is clearly visible, however the old part with its garden is tucked away and an oasis of calm, although that said there were a number of people seeking out characters...More

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The Royal Library/Black Diamond serves an enduring purpose but it also offers a wonderful example of modern style in an oldish European capital. Take the escalator up to the first floor and admire the artwork on the ceiling. Look out across the water to another...More

Thank GeoffRandal
Reviewed 21 July 2016

If you like books, architecture, sitting with a coffee by the canal, and gardens, this is a pleasant stop for you. The juxtaposition of the modern library (black diamond) with the old Royal Library was good for a quick stop and some breakfast. The latte...More

Thank Eli N
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We stopped in the gardens for a contemplative 30 minutes and enjoyed the birdsong and sunshine. Plenty of places to sit and take in the surroundings. We did not go into the library itself, the sight of an armed policeman outside put us off.

Thank yunshou57
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Libraries are usually not on the top attraction list when you visit a city. I wouldn't put it on either, but if you have time, this attration is worth a visit. It's not only the books and interior but also very much the architecture.

Thank NielsNybo
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
Nearby
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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