After arriving in Copenhagen at 6.00 am this morning we thought it was absolutely necessary to start our trip with a danish and a visit to Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library). Nicknamed “The Black Diamond”, this library is a beautifully designed space seamlessly combining the old and the new. The old section of the library was completed in 1906. An extension was added in 1999 consisting of black marble and glass, hence the nickname. It is believed to hold every book published in Denmark dating back to 1482. Currently there is a small exhibition on treasures from The Royal Library where many of the earliest books are on display.
We spent some time inside the library sheltering from the rain. Personally, I was very excited to see the North Reading Room. I had heard it resembled something out of Hogwarts. So we went searching for a place where I could project my inner Hufflepuff. Before seeing the room in its entirety, your first taste comes from what you can see through glass inserts in a wooden door. What immediately captured my attention were green lamps lining wooden tables in the middle of the room. Surrounding these tables, against the walls, were bookshelves holding what appeared to be a wide variety of texts. Continue reading “Det Kongelige Bibliotek – Royal Danish Library”