The Octagon

The Octagon is a large and beautiful hall created in 1906 by the architect Hans J. Holm, which was the lobby of the Royal Library's original main entrance. It is inspired by Charlemagne's Aachen Cathedral. The architecture is extraordinary, with a high-ceilinged room, a mosaic floor and other beautiful details. 

 Today the Octagon offers:

  • Café and study-tables for group work, conversations and social networking
  • Lockers
  • Mineral water, coffee and other refreshments
  • Mini-exhibitions  
  • The Octagon is also the entrance to the Royal Library's old reading room, which is now an open study-room.