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Collection overview A-Z

We have collections that range from hand-written to printed matter, from photography to video, and from sound and music recordings to sheet music. Dive into the collections and learn more about them.

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Advertisements Collection

The collection of advertisements is an essential documentation of 20th century Danish cultural history. We have advertisements that were shown in cinemas and on TV.


Collection of Prints and Photographs

We have both physical and digital images in the collection. They all come from Denmark or have some kind of connection with the country.

Computer Game Collection

The computer game collection contains more than 4,000 Danish computer, mobile or console games that have been collected on CD-ROM, cassettes and as digital downloads since the late 1990s.


Educational History Collection

The educational history collection consists of a selection of digitised and photographed items and records from the defunct Danish School Museum and from collections from the AU Library, Emdrup.


Judaica collection

The Judaica collection contains manuscripts and books in Jewish languages like Hebrew and Yiddish.


Map collection

Our collection of maps is one of Northern Europe's largest. The oldest maps in the collection date from the 16th century, and the newest may have just come from the printing house.



Nationaldiskoteket is our collection of published music and speech. It documents Danish music history from the first recordings made in the 1890s to today's digital releases.


We are responsible for collecting and preserving the Danish part of the Internet as part of the Danish Legal Deposit Act. The goal is to ensure the material can be used for future research purposes.

Newspaper collection

The national newspaper collection consists of daily newspapers and local newspapers that have been published in Denmark or have direct relations to Denmark.


Oriental collection

The Oriental collection consists of manuscripts, printed works, and other material originating in non-western language areas and cultures, mostly Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


Radio and TV Collection

In the radio and TV collection, you will find broadcasts from DR, TV 2 and a number of other Danish TV channels from the mid-80s onward.


Sound recordings in the collections

We have a number of different sound recordings in the collections that document the Danish sound history from the first recordings on wax cylinders in 1889 to today's digital releases.


The Aerial Photography Collection

Today, Royal Danish Library's collections contain 5.2 million aerial photo units. Aerial photos are images taken from the air, typically from an airplane.

Theatre collection

In the theatre collection, you will find material on a wide range of performing arts, such as dance, theatre, performance art, circus and opera.

The Folklore Archives

We are responsible for collecting and preserving ordinary people's experiences of life, daily life, traditions, music and stories. Find out how we have organised the collected material.

The manuscript collection

In the collection we have, among other things, letters, manuscripts and handwritten books. The oldest are from the early Middle Ages and the newest from our time.

The pamphlet and ephemera collection

In the collection you will find everything from supermarket catalogues to broadsheet ballads. In short: printed items from your everyday.

The sheet music collection

We have a large collection of Danish and foreign sheet music. Some you can borrow and some you can only use in our reading rooms. It contains printed music, sheet music manuscripts and vocal material.


Video collection

We collect released video productions as a part of our preservation of the Danish cultural heritage.

Read our guides to find materials