The Royal Danish Library’s building in Aarhus lies in extension of Universitetsparken, on the corner of Langelandsgade and Ringgaden. Most striking is the book tower, 45 meters high, which makes it one of the city’s highest buildings. The book tower is however, built with the intension of archiving, and is therefore ordinarily closed to the public. The buildings have been incorporated as a natural part of Arhus University’s buildings in the park, and the area has been internationally recognised as a unique campus area, due to its architecture and location.
Facts about the building on Victor Albecks Vej
- The building is designed by C.F. Møller and was completed in 1963.
- In 2018, the library’s audience areas were updated under the headline: #BedreBibliotek (#BetterLibrary).
- #BedreBibliotek included an interior library garden, sketched in cooperation with the architect group Arkitema, and a small oasis called ’Tænkepausen’ (pause for thought).
- The book tower has 18 floors, of which 17 are used as store rooms, whereas the 18th floor has a small ’museum’ fitted out under the roof, reminiscing the history of the library.
- Open Book Tower is held annually, featuring guided tours which include the areas that are normally restricted to the public.