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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 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
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
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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