The library serves the county of Oslo and is Norway´s largest public library. Our services are available for everyone - individuals, institutions, students in the public school system and at the university level, the business community, and public administration.
The library has approximately 300 employees spread over sixteen branches/departments in the city. In addition, there are several specialised departments, such as The Multilingual Library, which serves the entire country with its collection in approximately thirty-five languages, a music department, and a department for children and youth. The collection includes both fiction, non-fiction, and other media, in addition to a wide selection of children's literature.
Patrons can also choose from a large selection of books in Nordic and other European languages, especially English and German. The majority of departments also offer graphic novels, videos, DVD's and audio books for circulation.
The library´s activity is based upon a testamentary gift from the estate of Chancellor Carl Deichman (1705-1780). Through this gift, the library was bequeathed a collection of handwriting and approximately 6,000 books, nearly all of which are preserved today. The library building from 1933 is much too small for our current level of activity.
New Main Library in Bjørvika
Plans are now underway for a new public main library in the vicinity of the Oslo fjord and situated next to the Opera house in bjørvika - visit our project blog for more information. The library places great emphasis on The 24-hour Library, web-based services that are available around the clock, in addition to our traditional on-site services. This focus will continue to be important as we move into the future, and into our new home.
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