National Library of the Faroe Islands

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The new library building in Tórshavn.
The monument to the Faroese language, Móðurmálið , by Janus Kamban at the eastern entrance of Býarpark . In the background the national library of the Faroe Islands.

The National Library of the Faroe Islands (Faroese: Føroya Landsbókasavn ) is the National Library of the Faroe Islands in the city of Torshavn . The building is located in Tórshavn at JC Svabosgøta 16, right by Býarpark .


The state library is home to the largest collection of everything ever

  1. in the Faroese language was written
  2. Written or translated by Faroers in other languages
  3. and in the world over the Faroe Islands was written

The Faroese State Library is both a public library and an academic library . In 2011 it was merged with the National Archives of the Faroe Islands , which is also located in the capital.


The old library building from 1830, after a painting by Flora Heilmann (1927).

The history of the library goes back to the year 1828, when the Danish bailiff Christian Ludvig Tillisch (r. 1825–30), together with his colleague, the auditor Jens Davidsen (1803–1878), started the first for the then relatively isolated island people To collect volumes. They received active support from the Danish archeologist Carl Christian Rafn . They secured an annual grant from the Danish king (November 5, 1828). Private individuals helped to make over 2,000 volumes available within a short period of time. The library was initially given the Danish name Færø Amts Bibliotek .

In 1830 the library got its first building. Jens Davidsen was the honorary director of the library from then until his death. As early as 1850, it was home to around 5,000 volumes. The operation stagnated between 1878 and 1905 until Løgting guaranteed a subsidy. The state library experienced a new heyday from 1921 under the linguist Mads Andreas Jacobsen (1891–1944). During this time of the Faroese language dispute , it developed into a cultural meeting place for national poets and politicians. In 1931 she moved to another building.

After the Faroe Islands were partially autonomous in 1948, the subsidy from the Løgting increased significantly, which in turn led to a growth phase. Since then, the state library has also had its official name. In 1952 it was regulated by law that every publisher in the Faroe Islands had to make four copies of every printed matter available to the library.

Since 1979 the library has been located in the current building at Viðarlundin á Debesartrøð Park , which was designed by the architect Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen .

In addition to the National Library, there are 15 municipal libraries and 11 school libraries in the Faroe Islands, which are primarily supplied by the National Library. In addition, institutions such as the Faroe Islands Art Museum have their own libraries.

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Coordinates: 62 ° 0 ′ 24 "  N , 6 ° 46 ′ 41"  W.