Art and Architecture: Welcome

Here you will find links to the most important databases, reference works and periodicals. Click on the tabs above.

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Mads Nybro Risum
Information specialist
Email: mris@kb.dk

Art and Architecture

The Danish National Art Library is the main national library covering visual art, art history, architectural history and museology. The library also manages the subject specialization and the purchase of academic of books and periodicals in the covered subjects and thus maintains this subject guide.

Many of the online resources presented in this guide are not freely available. However, students and staff at the University of Copenhagen have access to most of them - either from a campus computer or through remote access. Please use your Royal Library login details to access them. The most important online resources covering art history can also be accessed from the public computers in the Danish National Art Library branch at Nyhavn 2 (Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall).

Use the library online catalogue, ARBIS to request books, articles, architectural drawings and art historical archive materials, from the library collection, the largest of its kind in northern Europe. In order to request material through the online catalogue, you have to be a registered library patron. Sign up here. The library uses the yellow danish health insurance card as library card and all requested materials have to be collected at the main library at Nyhavn 2. Patrons have to be 18 years old and have permanent address in Denmark. International users need special dispensation granted by the library to request materials, but can use the library reading room to see materials from the library collection.

For more information about the Danish National Art Library, please see our website.


If you are interested in the opportunities that computer technology can bring into humanities you could visit HUMlab. HUMlab is a meeting place for students and staff with an interest in digital humanities. HUMlab is equipped with six powerful computers and exciting hardware and software.

HUMlab Lars Kjær

Danish National Art Library

Nyhavn 2
DK-1051 Copenhagen K
Tel: +45 33 74 48 02     

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Contact the library for information on:

  • Danish art and art history
  • Danish publications
  • International art -1900
  • Theory, aesthetics and method
  • Museology
  • Foreign art after 1900
  • The history of art history
  • Visual culture
  • Photography
  • Architectural history
  • City and landscape planning
  • Landscape gardening
  • Architecture theory

Art History and Visual Culture, IKK

You can find a wide range of books and journals at the COMM/IKK library in building 14.2. 

Read more about the library here.