Maps, postcards, and posters

Maps, postcards and posters are collected via legal deposit. The oldest materials date back to the 16th century. We collect through legal deposit as well as through donations and purchases.

Employee presents map of Denmark from the Royal Danish Library's collections

Photo: Thomas Søndergaard

Royal Danish Library's extensive collections of maps, postcards and posters consist of everything from copper engravings, atlases, posters and watercolours to press and art photography. The collections are increased mainly through legal deposit, but also through donations or purchases.

Material types

  • Map and atlas
    We collect and preserve maps and atlases of Denmark as well as maps printed in Denmark.

  • Postcard
    Postcards must come from Denmark or have some form of connection to the country.

  • Posters
    The posters must be at least A4. They must contain text and may be printed on both sides. They must come from Denmark or have some form of connection to the country.

Legal deposit of maps, postcards and posters

The person who produces the finished copy for publication is responsible for the material being handed over to the library. Most often, it is the printing company that takes care of the deposit.

If there is any doubt as to who the producer is, the publishers must ensure that legal deposit takes place.

If maps, postcards and posters are printed abroad, it is the publisher's duty to hand in.


A deposit includes two copies and can take place continuously or no later than six months after publication. Contact us if a different agreement is needed.


The individual producer / publisher has a responsibility and duty to collect and send the material to us. We pay the shipping costs.


The material is sent to:


Royal Danish Library
Chr. Brygge 8
1219 København K

Suppliers receive confirmation of receipt via email

You also have the opportunity to deposit small deliveries to us personally. Remember to write "Legal deposit" on the package to ensure that the material ends up in the right place in the library.

Return labels and delivery lists

We cover the costs of sending legal deposit materials. You print the package labels yourself, which are used for shipping.

Download your package label

Along with the submitted materials, a list of what is submitted must be attached. If you need a template, you can download it here.

About legal deposit