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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 7 July 2015

The Library has a section full of displayed treasurers - like the original manuscript from a score by Bethoeven. There is an original copy of War and Peace - plus original drawings by Hans Christian Anderson. Well worth a visit.

Thank 349Charles25
Reviewed 5 July 2015

If you're travelling takes you to Copenhagen, do yourself a favour & don't forget to visit the royal library aka the black diamond. It is a strangely shaped building, black and in the shape of a diamond. Best take some pictures from the bridge overlooking...More

1  Thank Alex55_13
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Great architecture. Beautifully laid out and made me wish I could go back and study just to work each day in this library. Didn't go through the collection but it looked extensive but the reading rooms and the work areas were well laid out with...More

Thank Katrina S
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Cafe inside the new area of Copenhagens library. Great coffee and a full array of Danish cakes. Most friendly and helpful staff. The archetecture is astonishing and quite beautiful. One of the lovliest modern buildings we have seen anywhere in the world

Thank Ann D
Reviewed 26 June 2015

The gardens outside are great, the inside of the library is beautiful. The bathrooms are open to the public and clean. The wifi is open to those in the library and those out in the gardens. On one side of the library is the water...More

Thank sbr_Lubbock_TX
Reviewed 23 June 2015

This is called the Black Diamond. There is a cafe downstairs. I did not go beyond that. The day we were there was sunny so there were lots of people in the area. The cafe was fine. This building is located on the water and...More

Thank woody096
Reviewed 14 June 2015

My boyfriend and I visited this library (also called The Black Diamond because of its architectural design and color) when vacationing in Copenhagen in May 2015. The building design is beautiful! The library has many amenities including a restaurant inside. It is closed during city...More

1  Thank Lady4Evermore
Reviewed 12 June 2015

A gem of modern architecture. Water reflects on the glass surface of the modern section of the library called 'The Black Diamond'. Must be visited

Thank Goncagul H
Reviewed 7 June 2015

The black diamond library should be visited either for the astonishing structure, it really shines like a diamond with the sun light and it also contains a huge and rare book collection.

Thank phyllis s
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Good view outside and modern library. If you want to see some historical photo, you might have to make appointment with the officers there first. There are also books, vdo, photo and etc.

Thank KloyMee
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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