We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 108 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Fantastic architecture

We went to the library, or the Black Diamond as it's sometimes called, just to take a look around and were absolutely speechless. The atmosphere and architecture were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Carley C
,
Umea, Sweden
Copenhagen Card|Includes admission to over 70 top attractions
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Ny Carlsberg Glypt...
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle
Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Pal...
Rundetaarn
Rundetaarn
Buy a Pass
$51*
and up
Add Photo Write a Review

108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Umea, Sweden
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We went to the library, or the Black Diamond as it's sometimes called, just to take a look around and were absolutely speechless. The atmosphere and architecture were breathtaking. As a student, I wish I would have brought things to study in the old study halls. It isn't a big trip, but a definite place to drop in at if... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Athens, Greece
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I can't express my admiration for the combination of modern and traditional architecture Vast windows,relaxed atmosphere,free wifi and many amenities for the best library in Europe Shop at the gift shop,everything is wonderful and cheap

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
105 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This library is located close to the water and is separated into two parts - one old and one modern. Both are very interesting in their own ways. The older side includes a lovely little garden area with a fountain that is quite peaceful. The modern side is on the edge of the canal and includes lots of areas to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The most magnificent building in Copenhagen, if you like modern art. Inside and outside is a piece of art for the city. Definitely you must go there! Enjoy a coffee by the sea with nice view! GO GO GO!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I was a guest of the Royal Library at dinner in their restaurant. The food, wine and setting were excellent. A varied choice of menu, which started with champagne. I had beef as the main course, followed by Danish cheeses. A wonderful evening in a fantastic setting.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Osprey, Florida
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
3 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek) also viewed

 
Copenhagen, Zealand
 

Been to Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?