We have created a number of guides to help you navigate our collections and services. We hope they will help you locate the information you are searching for.

How to find architecture

Drawer shelf in the Royal Danish Library's architecture collection
We have collected around 300,000 architectural drawings from Danish architects. We also have architectural photographs, architects' archives, sketchbooks, architectural models and travel sketches.

How to find art history

Archive folders from the art history collection
The art history collections contain auction catalogues, photographs, artist signatures and art history archives. Some have been digitised, while others still only exist in physical form.

How to find images

Children and young people celebrate the liberation of Denmark in 1945
Our collection of prints and photographs contains everything from copperplate engravings to fine art photography. Some images are available digitally and some are not.

How to find maps

Older maps of parts of Northern Europe
We have an extensive collection of maps and atlases, and we have digitised some but not all of them. Some can be viewed online, while others can only be studied closely in our reading rooms.

How to find music

Employee between shelves with vinyl records
We have large collections dealing with music. For example, you can find sheet music and recorded music, but also a lot of material about the music.

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Map collection

Older maps of parts of Europe
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.

Newspaper collection

Employee in the Statens Avissamling between shelves
The national newspaper collection consists of daily newspapers and local newspapers that have been published in Denmark or have direct relations to Denmark.