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The Royal Library

The Danish Ministry
of Culture






Welcome to Wonderful Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark's capital and Scandinavia's liveliest city, lies within the Øresund Region, which encompasses Scania, on the Swedish side, and Zealand and the island of Bornholm on the Danish side. Copenhagen has a population of around 1.7 million; the Øresund Region has a total population of 3.664.000 million.

Copenhagen was founded in 1167 and has been Denmark's capital since 1417. Denmark is the world's oldest kingdom. The reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II, who lives in Copenhagen, can trace her ancestry back - over 1,000 years - to the Viking age. Copenhagen is also the seat of Denmark's government.

Højbro Plads, Copenhagen
Photographer: Ireneusz Cyranek

The Royal Library

The Royal Library is the national library of Denmark, the national main subject library and the university library for the University of Copenhagen within theology, the humanities, law, social sciences, natural science and medicine. The library houses the Danish Museum of Books and Printing, the National Museum of Photography, the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art and the national Archive for manuscripts and archives of Danes of cultural significance.
The Black Diamond is the newest addition to the Royal Library on the waterfront, completed in 1999 and designed by architects Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen. The black granite exterior is from Zimbabwe, cut and polished in Italy. Each stone slab weighs 75 kilos.

The Queen's Hall

Apart from library purposes The Black Diamond offers exhibitions, a café, restaurant and book shop as well as a concert hall, The Queen's Hall, with seating for up to 600 people. It is primarily intended for chamber music, but also various forms of rhythmic music, for example jazz.

Søren Kierkegaard Square
Photographer: Cees van Roeden


The Black Diamond
Photographer: Nicolai Perjesi

The Royal School of Library and Information Science
Focus on Communication and Organization of Knowledge, Culture and Information

The Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS), Denmark is a university institution for development, education and research at the highest scientific level in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). The Royal School is responsible to the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

The educational programmes of RSLIS rank from undergraduate to PhD-studies and are aimed at a variety of jobs in public libraries, research libraries, public administration, organizations and private companies. The school’s graduates are very much in demand, and their capacity for fulfilling vital functions within the emerging knowledge society is increasingly recognized.
In this respect, the classic library services and the rapidly growing digital services play an ever increasing role in a society where organization, communication and sharing of knowledge are of prime importance to the economic and cultural development and context.

Facts about the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS)

RSLIS is located in Copenhagen and Aalborg (the Northern part of Jutland). The total number of students enrolled at the Royal School of Library and Information Science is about 1,000 with approx 200 in Aalborg and 800 in Copenhagen. The academic staff is distributed in three in-house departments: Information Studies, Library and Information Management, and Culture and Media.
The knowledge society offers good job opportunities for masters and librarians, and an increasing number of graduates find job openings in the private sector as information specialists, webmasters, etc.

The Royal School of Library and Information Science's Consultancy Department offers a full-scale advice and consultancy service covering all aspects of LIS.

The Royal School of Library and Information Science is a member of the Øresund University – a collaborative network between 14 universities in the Øresund Region.


The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen


The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Aalborg

Aalborg University

Aalborg University (AAU) was inaugurated in 1974 and is thus a young and modern university which, over the years, has grown to become a large, well-established research and teaching institution in Denmark offering quite an untraditional range of educational programmes and research in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Additionally, new opportunities for cooperation between the various academic fields, both in research and teaching, are continuously developed. In this way Aalborg University differentiates itself from the older and more traditional Danish universities with its focus on interdisciplinary, inter-faculty studies; an experimental curriculum based on an interdisciplinary basic course with subsequent specialization; a pedagogical structure based on problem-centred, real-life projects of educational and research relevance - which internationally has become known and recognized as ‘The Aalborg Experiment’ or ‘The Aalborg Model’. Furthermore, Aalborg University also greatly emphasizes international relations and cooperation.

Aalborg University is a dynamic institution, which continuously works at being at the cutting edge - regionally, nationally and internationally - in the original range of fields as well as in new like e.g. the fields of information technology and the health sciences. By doing so, Northern Jutland has e.g. become the Danish centre of telecommunications. In order to meet the demands and needs of the surrounding community for continuing education, Aalborg University additionally has started to develop its programmes within the area of life-long learning.

Internationalization has always been and continues to be a very important part of the university’s trademark, which both the curricula as well as the number of international stays reflect. An increasing number of Danish students participate in international stays and studies as an integral part of their education and likewise, an increasing number of international students and researchers come to Aalborg University to study and conduct research every year. AAU continuously works at expanding and improving its cooperation with other universities and international research institutions and already has a large network at different levels. The university is e.g. a member of The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), which consists of 10 innovative European universities whose purposes are the exchange of experience and the development of new projects within education, research and regional development.


Aalborg University



Aalborg University,
Copenhagen site




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