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A remarkable and innovative building of its time, the extension to the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen celebrates its 10-year anniversary this week. 
When the Royal Library in Copenhagen opened to the public 10 years ago, there was general concern in society that libraries might become redundant in the future. But contrary to this, the role and influence of libraries are positioned to increase as our civic and 'free' space diminishes Libraries are needed as much as ever in the 21st century as hubs for information, research, learning, communication and culture.
A timeless cultural landmark, schmidt hammer lassen architects' sharp monolith in black marble with its tilting angles on the port of Copenhagen is attracting many tourists and citizens for its architecture.
However, the library is also hailed for the new values it set out to introduce: The library as an open, democratic institution embracing not only the study of books but opening up to many other media and cultural activities. The Royal Library was ahead of its time and the first in Denmark to introduce such groundbreaking values to a previously dusty institution.
Many cities around the world are erecting impressive new libraries all adding ever more functions to the institution and not even calling it a library anymore. The digitalization of media will have an even more profound impact on the lib...


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