The considerable manuscript collections in the Royal Library range from the early middle ages to the present day. The manuscripts deal primarily, though not exclusively, with European, especially Danish, history, literature and cultural history. Whether an item is an illuminated manuscript or a letter, manuscript, diary, rough draft or similar papers, each individual document is irreplacably unique. Access is available to all to use most of these papers in the reading rooms of the Centers, but documents are not loaned out of the library.

Most of these collections are located in the Manuscript Collections : a large collection of manuscripts from the Middle Ages, private archives, manuscripts by authors and other cultural personalities, as well as a vast number of other sources that illuminate Danish history.

The Manuscript collections and documents should be searched for in REX .

Search in the Manuscript Collection's base in REX:

Music Manuscripts
The manuscript collections in the Collections of Music and Theatre comprise c. 22.750 music manuscripts. A large part of the collection is made up of the works of contemporary composers. Certain special collections in the department also contain manuscripts, especially the collections from individuals.

Orientalia and Judaica
In the Oriental Collection there are 5.000 manuscripts and block prints from all of Asia and North Africa, from the 10th century forward. And the Judaica Collection contains c. 300 manuscripts primarily in Hebrew.