How to find maps

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.

Older maps of parts of Northern Europe

Photo: Ophav ukendt

Search maps in the digital collections

Many of the collection’s old maps have been digitised and can be viewed online. This includes, among others, most Danish maps from before 1900. The digital maps can be viewed in digital collections, but can also be viewed on this website. Most of the digital maps can be viewed and downloaded directly from digital collections, but some maps can be used in the reading rooms of Royal Danish Library only.

Search maps and atlases in the physical collections

Materials in the map collection consist of maps, nautical charts, atlases, globes, and so on. All materials can be searched by using the search field.

If you would like to search for maps or other cartographical material, do the following:

  1. Go to search, or use the search field on top of the page.
  2. Search for example for the name of a city or country in the free text search field.
  3. Choose ”map” in limit search and types of material.

Could not find what you were looking for?

If the requested map cannot be found, the map may be part of a large collection of map series or part of a special collection. Royal Danish Library’s collection of map series is generally not available in digitised form. Danish map series, like topographical charts, have been digitised by The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Infrastructure and can be found on their website.

Topographical charts (map series)

  1. Go to search, or use the search field on top of the page.
  2. Search for the name of the map series, scale and area (for example Denmark 1:25 000).
  3. Choose ”map” in limit search.
  4. Click the key map and choose your desired area, note the name or ID of the maps and order via Ask the library for review in the Research reading room.

If you are still not getting any search results

Write to us and hear about the possibilities of reviewing the collection in the Research reading room.