The National Library of Norway’s collection contains everything from books, magazines, music, film, radio and TV programmes, pictures, photographs, theatre material, maps, posters and newspapers to unique handicraft collections and special book collections.
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Large parts of the National Library of Norway’s collection are digitalised and can be viewed online. The collection can also be accessed through borrowing, exhibitions, conferences and events.
The collection comprises legally deposited documents, historic collections, deposited materials, gifts and purchased materials. The storage shall facilitate optimal lifetimes for all content. Consequently, the National Library of Norway’s work involves preventive conservation and active preservation, and restoration and production of copies.
Middle Ages to the Present
The oldest documents in the National Library of Norway’s collection are Magnus Lagabøters Landslov from the beginning of the 14th century, and Psalteriet (David’s Psalms), a prayer book from the Kvikne church in Hedmark. The oldest part of the Psalm book is believed to date from the 13th century. Together with documents from the present era, these represent important elements of a shared Norwegian cultural heritage, where all content is preserved for the benefit of future generations.