Groenlandica is the national library of Greenland and handles a string of ordinated tasks:

As a national library to contribute to the securing of the cultural heritage of Greenland through collection, registration and conservation of all published Greenlandic books, newspapers, journals and other forms of printed material as well as audiovisual material without distinction of the subject area, language, form of presentation or quality. The task is supported by legal deposit that is settled by regulation. Read more about legal deposit 

As a national library to build and secure a collection of manuscripts by Greenlandic authors as well as others and a map- and image-collection, that highlights the development of the Greenlandic material and spiritual culture.

As a scientific library to build a collection of books, journals and other kinds of material concerning Arctic issues and subjects that are significant to the Greenlandic society.

As an institution, specialising in cultural communication, to secure public access to the collections, including interlibrary loan between Groenlandica and the public libraries in Greenland and other countries, and through exhibitions, events, talks etc. to facilitate and communicate knowledge and experiences.


Groenlandica’s collection is located at Ilimmarfik, the university campus, partly in a secured storage room and partly in a library accessible by the public. The national collection is placed in the secured storage room and an extra copy of each title is stored in a firesafe deposit room at Nunatta Atuagaateqarfia. The accessible scientific collection is integrated with the collection of the Ilisimatusarfik library. One can explore and contemplate newspapers, microfilm or rare books in study zones or in the reading room. The books in the Ilisimatusarfik collection can be borrowed by people, who are related to the university. Groenlandica’s materials are available to borrow for everyone in Greenland.

A self service automat at the library can be used for borrowing and checking borrowed books back in, and the library computers can be used freely for searching the library holdings.

Visit Groenlandica in the opening hours at Manutooq 1, 3905 Nuussuaq. The opening hours can be found at the bottom of the page.

Public transport – link to bus timetables.

Use bus no. 2 (bus stop: Manutooq/Ilimmarfik) or bus no. 3 (bus stop: Siaqqinneq/Ilimmarfik) stops 50 meters down the road. 


If you are in the possesion of relevant materials, that you want to donate to the national library or if you have heard of materials, that could be interesting, you are welcome to contact the librarians at

Inquiries concerning for instance fact-checking, the need for help with literature search or special access to the collections can also be send to

If you want to interview the staff or users in the library, please contact in time

See the full overview about contact information, postal address, GLN-number here

Organisation and annual reports

Groenlandica is an organisational subdivision of Nunatta Atuagaateqarfia, the central library of Greenland

See the full organisational chart (in Danish)

Read the latest annual reports from Groenlandica and Nunatta Atuagaateqarfia (in Danish)


Manutooq 1


Phone: +299 36 23 80

Opening hours

Week 03, 17.01 - 23.01Opening hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 15:00
Week 03, 17.01 - 23.01
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