Reading Rooms

The National Library of Norway in Oslo offers various reading facilities for different study materials. Most materials are not accessible for public browsing, but may be requested for retrieval to the Reading Room. In order to do so you need a library card. The material retrieved to the Reading Room are restricted to library use only.


Opening hours:
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

The National Library of Norway’s Wi-Fi service provides access to information services, databases and search tools. Wi-Fi can be used to connect portable computers and to access the National Library of Norway’s public network.

Reading Room
The Reading Room is located on the first floor and is opento users of the library’s collections and students bringing in their own books. Reading Room seats cannot be reserved in advance.
The reference collection in the Reading Room primarily comprises general reference works in various specialist areas, along with a local and genealogical collection. A photocopier is available. Copy cards can be boughtin reception on the ground floor.

Digital Reading Room
The Digital Reading Room is located on the first floor and is open to everyone. The reading room has several PCs. These provide access to all digitalized material in the National Library of Norway and several information services, databases and search tools. Log on with your library card and PIN for up to 2 hours a day. Copies/printouts can also be made.

Microfilm Reading Room, first floor
The library houses all Norwegian newspapers ever published. Newspapers must be reserved in advance.
The library offers Norwegian newspapers in paper and digital format and as digital copies and on microfilm.


Opening hours:
Monday–Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m.–3.30 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Special Reading Room, ground floor
The National Library of Norway also has a Special Reading Room providing access to private archive material, photographs, old and rare prints and maps and similar artefacts. Materials used in the Special Reading Room must be ordered at least one day in advance. Special rules apply to use of the material.

Reading Room for Film and Music, ground floor

Contact information:
Phone film: 23 27 63 89
Phone music: 23 27 61 60
E-mail film:
E-mail music:

The collection includes books and newspapers, notes and manuscripts, film manuscripts, audio tapes, vinyl records and CDs, Norwegian radio and television archives, among others.
You can watch films and listen to music in the viewing and reading rooms. There is also a mini cinema for small groups, and study places. NRK’s radio archive is available for searching and listening. With the exception of books, the material must be reserved in advance.

The Reading Room for Film and Music is accessible by advance appointment only.

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