Det Kongelige Bibliotek

Det Kongelige Bibliotek / Royal Danish Library is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The institution is a result of a merger from January 1st 2017 between the State and University Library in Aarhus and the Royal Library in Copenhagen.

Det Kongelige Bibliotek functions as:

National library: The Royal Danish Library is a legal deposit library. It receives a copy of all Danish publications, whether in printed or in digital form. It houses the national newspaper collection, the national media archive and is the national loan centre for public libraries and small special libraries. The Library houses many special collections of manuscripts, maps and photographs to name a few.

As a result of a new legal deposit law, effective from July 2005, the library has embarked on a number of new initiatives; it has begun to digitise radio and television material broadcasted in Denmark in real time. This has already resulted in a digital radio/TV archive of over 2.5PB of data and over 2.5 million hours of broadcast material. The library has also started to archive the Danish internet content. The national library division also collects born digital material like e-books and material from institutional repositories for Danish universities. As a results of all the digital activities the library expects to add more than 500TB of data per year. The library is also engaged in digitising its audio collection, book collection, newspaper collection to name a few of the larger projects

The Library is involved in a wide range of different digital preservation activities through its participation in research and development projects nationally and internationally. In digital preservation planning, the Library is known for its work on cost models: Web Archiving has been a major part of building its digital collections since 1998. The Library has been involved in developing the open source software NetarchiveSuite: The Library contributes to bit preservation both through research and as part of a Danish project which implements a national Bit Archive offering active bit preservation with differentiated services and bit safety levels. During the Planets project, the Library was involved in logical preservation. Currently, the Library is investigating what digital preservation means in a Library context, and the impact of this for preservation of different types of digital material.

University library: The Royal Danish Library acts as the main university library for both Aarhus University and Copenhagen University as well as delivering backoffice services to the library at Roskilde University.

Royal Danish Library, Aarhus website

Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen website