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Access to the collections

On January 1, 2017, the State and University Library in Aarhus and The Royal Library in Copenhagen merged. The institutions will be collectively known as the Royal Danish Library.

Cultural heritage means more than old castles and manor houses, or artefacts stored in museums. To us cultural heritage also includes aspects of history that took place 30 seconds ago – as documented in newspapers and on the radio, television and internet.

The Danish State and University Library's cultural heritage collections are listed below:

  • Radio/TV collection: Danish radio and television from the mid-1980s onwards.
  • State Newspaper Collection: all the Danish newspapers from the mid-1600s onwards.
  • Danish Commercials: Danish cinema adverts from about 1955 to 1995, and all the adverts on TV2 television in the period 1988-2005.
  • Music and sound: all Danish music publications and unique sound recordings such as speeches by famous men and women, dialects, and Denmark’s oldest sound recordings on wax cylinders.
  • Netarchive: the Danish part of the internet from July 2005 onwards.
  • Special collections: a range of collections, for instance timetables, funeral sermons, handwriting, old political documents and much more.

You can read, view or listen to all this material at the State and University Library. You can also borrow some of the material or gain access to it online. For more information, please contact us: mediesamlingen@statsbiblioteket.dk