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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

Address: Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone Number: 33-47-47-47
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Ranked #21 of 211 Attractions in Copenhagen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's Royal Library also...
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Moorestown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A beautiful marriage of old and new. Worth a look from the outside as well as the inside. I enjoyed seeing the library when college students were studying for final exams. The place was alive with activity. It was nice to walk around the inside. Bike parking was at a premium, though!

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Orangeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The library is a nice place to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee at the cafe there is also a beautiful view from the top floors and it's a nice building of old and new.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

great place to walk through and see the canal. nice exhibits also. interesting architecture makes the building great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The new "black diamond" part of the Royal Library is a spectacular piece of modern architecture right on the harbour. A great place to wander through with a very interesting exhibition of treasures from the library's collection. Good cafe for a light lunch. A relaxing place to have a break from sightseeing (or the rain!)

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Simply stunning, sleek, futuristic library clad in black marble and glass---along Copenhagen's busy waterfront. The contrast with older buildings is a good planning lesson in the evolution of cities. The Black Diamond's interior is a spatial wonder--especially for a library. The beautiful high-tech details, rich materials and atrium are bathed with natural light. Seen through the dramatic glass wall are... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

The best of old and new architecture houses a wonderful collection of manuscripts well-displayed with multi-lingual interpretation. And, if you have a few spare minutes, it's nice to sit outside in the sun on the deckchairs with a good coffee and cake from the cafe.

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Experience how modern and old architecture can complement each other in one location. The original Royal Library was built in 1906, while it's Black Diamond addition was built almost a century later. Both buildings are a delight to view externally, but visit inside as well, see how the old and new meet, revel in the charm of the old library... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

What a beautiful little peaceful haven in the middle of a busy city. Sit, relax and realise just how peaceful it is. Beautiful.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you visit Copenhagen, you must take a trip to the Royal Library. It is very close to other attractions, so you could spend a good half-day in the area. The library has two sections - the original building and a new section, known as the Black Diamond, because of the stone used in its construction. The connection between the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The library building is a very special one and it is an enjoyable visit. The library cafeteria offers coffee and the deserts were very good. Nice views from and around the building.

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