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Address: Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone Number: 33-47-47-47
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's...
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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What an inspiring SPACE

If I had a library like this I would read more often! The setting is a mix of modern and traditional with amazing views of the water and Chrstianshavn. Lovely space, nice cafe!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

If I had a library like this I would read more often! The setting is a mix of modern and traditional with amazing views of the water and Chrstianshavn. Lovely space, nice cafe!

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Osprey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

They've enveloped the ancient Royal Library in an ultra-modern on the waterfront side. If you look from the rear, by the gardens, you can see it is a massive old building, but from the opposite side, it's as clean and modern as you can get! As you walk through from front to rear, you find ancient touches preserved, like the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was one of the things I for sure wanted to see when I found out I was coming to Copenhagen. It was very easy to find, right on the water, and is a quick walk through. You don't need to spend more than 10 minutes or so walking through the building. There are beautiul views of the water from... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The famous collections of the library include a 2000-item collection of books by and about Carl Linné, the Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection, the manuscripts and correspondence of Hans Christian Andersen, the Søren Kierkegaard Archives and many more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and definitely worth walking through. You dont need to soend much time here -- maybe 10 minutes to walk through.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

On sunny days, bike over the bridge and see why they call it a diamond, it's just beautiful. Winter or summer, sit for a while and watch the canal. The breeze just makes you feel alive. The cafe is delicious, during summer people sit outside, read, chat. If you need to study, the study rooms are amazing and the natural... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This was the one part of Copenhagen I was left confused about. I know there are some exhibitions and all, but I was looking for a beautiful library and architecture experience maybe like the Library of Congress. Here, we walked in the modern entrance and over to the library itself but it was like any other city public library. Maybe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This library, known as The Black Diamond, is a fantastic architectural gem. It is in a prime location on the water. Ask, if you do not see, where the rare book display is. Go there and start opening drawers. I read a letter Ghandi wrote to his daughter. Saw envelopes decorated by Matisse for his letters to a friend, an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The building is very big, and I loved the free permanent exhibition of books. There was a copy of a Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri dating 1300 a.d. and two original manuscript of Hans Christian Andersen (one was the Philosopher stone, the other I am not sure) and an original score by Bach! Also there were a free gallery of... More 

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Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went to "The black diamond". I liked the exhibition in the ground floor, this time it was about fashion (in an artistic way) from Iceland, Faroe islands and Greenland.

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