Inter-library loan of records

Inter-library loan of records means that you can book records from all the Danish National Archives’ reading rooms to all addresses of the Danish National Archives’ reading rooms.

Inter-library loan of records is possible between the following reading rooms:

  • The reading room in Copenhagen
  • The reading room in Aabenraa
  • The reading room in Odense
  • The reading room in Viborg

Rules for inter-library loan of records

Inter-library loan of records usually presupposes that the user has reviewed the records in the reading room where they belong and has selected the records for inter-library loan.

It is not possible to inter-library loan all records, and there are limitations to the scope of the loans.

See how many units you can borrow and for how long time 

Records protected by time limits for availability

Records – with no immediately availability and if permission was granted to the borrower to view them – could be inter-library loaned.

Read about the accessibility rules

Excluded from inter-library loan – guideline list

You will normally be able to inter-library loan records that are not listed on the indicative list below.

In general

It is not possible to inter-library loan of:

  • Records of outstanding national importance, or other selected records
  • Records from before 1660
  • Records exempted from lending due to the state of conversation
  • Records so fragile that they cannot be shipped
  • Records of a format that prevents a proper shipment (large sizes, maps, drawings etc.)
  • Records not put in order or registered
  • Original records if there is a film copy. The film copy can be inter-library loaned instead
  • Records that are frequently used or necessary for the use of other records (journals, registers etc. with a function of search agents)


It is not possible to inter-library loan:

  • Citizenship records
  • Performance records, registrants, copybooks, and records, registers and similar search terms
  • Parish registers
  • Conscription rolls
  • Land registers
  • Probate registers and other probate records