Her Majesty the Queen’s Reference Library is open to visit by appointment. Since it is a reference library, books, maps, and other materials may not be borrowed, but only viewed on site. As a general rule, only materials which cannot be viewed in other Danish libraries are made available. Enquiries specifying what you wish to see and to what purpose should be addressed to email@example.com, after which an appointment can be made.
Sale of photographs
Enquiries about taking photographs, scanning, and the use of reproductions of the Reference Library’s material should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org Any usage of material from the Reference Library outside of the library’s premises is subject to prior permission from HM the Queen. Applications regarding this may be sent to the same address as other enquiries. The price per photograph or scanning is 800 DKK plus VAT (25%).
Pictures and maps
The Reference Library’s collection of maps and pictures includes many thousand sheets. There are both printed and hand-drawn maps and town plans, architectural drawings, portraits and history images in several graphic techniques, photographs, and a number of drawings by Danish and foreign artists. The map collection was saved from the first Christiansborg Palace fire in 1794 and includes many rare and unique sheets.
The Queen’s Reference Library contains many rare and magnificent books. Even though the very impressive stock the Reference Library contained in the 18th century was in large part lost during the first fire at Christiansborg Palace in 1794, many antiquarian and bibliophile treasures have since been added, both during the reestablishment of the Reference Library at the beginning of the 19th century, and later.