Reading room in Odense

The Danish National Archives, Odense holds records from the local and regional authorities and institutions on Funen and the surrounding islands

Opening hours and addresses for the National Archives reading rooms

Bring personal ID with Picture

Remember to bring personal ID with picture.
Electronic registration of visitors at our reading rooms

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 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

    The cloakroom is located immediately to the left of the entrance adjacent to the staircase. Here you will find toilets and lockable boxes for bags.

    The lunchroom is on the first floor and is accessed by the stairs. There is a self-service vending machine for drinks

    In special cases, groups can reserve the meeting room, which is located on the first floor adjacent to the lunchroom.

  • Transport and parking

    The easiest way to find the Archive is to orientate yourself in relation to Odense railway station. When you exit from there, go to the right (along Kongens Have) and Jernbanegade is the first road on your left.

    There is free parking for visitors to the Archive at the 20 parking bays behind the building.

  • Conditions for the disabled

    The entrance
    There are parking bays close to the entrance to the Archive. Please press the button at the door at the main entrance if you want the archive staff to help you inside.

    Reading room
    The reading room is on the ground floor of the Archive. The layout of the reading room allows wheelchair users and walker users to move around freely. Worktables and reading appliances are readily available.

    The registries in the reading room are located on shelves; if you find it difficult to reach the material you want, archive staff can be helpful.

    Toilet facilities
    The Archive has a disabled toilet, which is located on the first floor. From the ground floor, you can use the elevator in the cloakroom. The lift is not freely available, but the archive staff can give you access to using it.

    Other facilities
    You may use the Archive’s lunchroom and the library on the first floor. The archive staff can assist you in using the elevator.