The reading room of the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen

The Danish National Archives, Copenhagen holds records from all authorities in the central administration, including government departments, agencies and the defence forces, as well as from private persons and organizations of national general cultural importance. The Archive also has records from local and regional authorities and institutions on Zealand, Lolland-Falster, Møn and Bornholm.

Electronic registration of visitors at our reading rooms
From 1 July 2016 all users of the reading rooms will be registered electronically.

At the reading room, you can:

See records in original or copy

  • See original records, which you order on the archive database Daisy.
  • See copies of records (microfilm or micro card) which you either fetch yourself or order on order forms.

The records can be used by all interested if they are immediately available.  Alternatively, you can apply for permission to see them.

You can use a number of digitized records on the internet. You can find the digitized records at the online archives Arkivalieronline or through the archive database Daisy. Records that can be used on the internet cannot be ordered for use in the reading room.

Use the reading room’s facilities

  • Reference works and other resources to find records containing the information you are looking for.
  • The reading room’s wireless network.

Get help

Rules in the reading room

The Danish National Archives have a number of rules that visitors to the reading rooms must observe. The rules, which apply at all the Danish National Archives’ reading rooms, exist both for the sake of the other visitors to the reading rooms and to ensure that the records are preserved for posterity.

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  • Public facilities

    Cloakroom
    You can place your possessions in a lockable box in the cloakroom. These boxes are free of charge. The toilets are also in the cloakroom.

    Lunchroom
    When you come into Provianthuset, there is a vestibule adjacent to the reading room entrance that visitors to the reading room may use as a lunchroom.

    A vending machine for hot drinks is placed outside the cloakroom.

  • Transport and parking

    Public transport
    The reading room and the exhibition hall are within about 15-minutes’ walking distance of Copenhagen main station and Nørreport Station.

    Buses, the metro and the harbour bus have a stop/station close by.

    Buses: 1A, 2A, 9A, 26, 66

    Harbour buses: 901, 902

    Metro: Kongens Nytorv

    Parking
    Parking meter parking is possible in the neighbouring area.

  • Conditions for the disabled

    The reading rooms are in Provianthuset, built in 1603 to store naval supplies. Unfortunately, this means that the original physical framework was not designed to be handicap-friendly.

    Contact us in advance
    If you are walking-impaired or use a wheelchair and wish to visit the reading rooms, we recommend that you contact us in advance (phone +45 33 92 33 10 or mailbox@sa.dk), so that we are prepared to help you as much as possible to benefit from your visit.

    The main reading room
    It is difficult for walking-impaired guests to reach the main reading room from the cloakroom due to the stairs.

    Lunchroom, cloakroom and toilet
    Visitors who are walking-impaired can used the lunchroom, the boxes in the cloakroom and the disabled toilet.

    How to get in
    To the right of the entrance to Provianthuset there is a ramp down to the cellar entrance from where it is possible to take the elevator to the entrance to the reading room and the cloakroom. Push the bell at the ramp to contact the attendants of the Parliament who can help you to get in.

    Parking
    You can find the closest parking bays for the disabled on the website of the City of Copenhagen (Københavns commune).