Public libraries

The Danish public libraries are municipal institutions that are run in accordance with the Danish Act Regarding Library Services.

Each municipality has library services and there are 97 public library services in Denmark with more than 500 branches and service centres.

Enlightenment, education and cultural activity

The purpose of the public libraries is to promote enlightenment, education and cultural activity by making books, magazines, music and digital resources available, and ensuring free and equal access to knowledge.

The Danish Act Regarding Library Services provides the framework for the public libraries. The first act on library services was adopted in 1920 and was the foundation for the establishment of the modern public libraries in Denmark. 

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