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Timeline for Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Laura Stamer

2017

Effective January 1, Det Kgl. Bibliotek is a reality, following a merger in which The Royal Danish Library and The State and University Library of Denmark are combined. 

In connection with the merger, The Administrative Library and The Danish National Art Library also becomes part of the new library.

1999

At Slotsholmen in Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Library is expanded. From the outset, the new building made of shiny black granite is referred to as "The Black Diamond".

As such, Danmark has a new cultural centre, one that includes a concert hall, as well as conference and exhibition facilities.

1938

The State and University Library of Denmark is made national superstructure of education to the public libraries, and helps distribute knowledge to the Danish public libraries and further onwards into society.

1928

Aarhus University opens and The State Library of Denmark also becomes a university library.

1924

The Administrative Library, which provides services to public servants in both state and municipalities, is established.

1902

As The State Library of Denmark opens in Aarhus, Denmark has another library to help preserve the national cultural heritage.
The same year, a new Legal Deposit Act comes into force.

1754

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is founded in 1754 by Frederick V.  This also marks the founding of The Danish National Art Library.

1697

The Legal Deposit Act is introduced. Now all printers must submit copies of the writings and books they print to The Royal Danish Library. The law in an updated form still applies today.

1648

The Royal Danish Library is founded by Frederick III.

1482

Copenhagen University Library is founded. It has been three years since Christian I founded the University of Copenhagen.