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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 22 January 2017

We were taken there as part of a conference, but it would probably be interesting to visit without a guided tour if you are interested in architecture

Thank Chris V
Reviewed 20 January 2017

The Royal Library is an amazing place! Black Diamond indeed. The library itself is stunning - a wonderful mixture of new and old with plenty of opportunities from rare books to delightful concerts! There is a wooden terrace in front of the new part of...More

Thank Daria T
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I didnt visit the library, (it was undergoing renovation on the facarde when I was there), but the gardens are the best place for Pokemon catching. Lots of folks just walking around the central fountain catching Pokemon. Quite a sight in itself.

Thank BelsTrip
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 25 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 13 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 22 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
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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