The library subscribes to a number of relevant digital reference works, article databases and other catalogues. These are available to library visitors when they log on to the museum’s Wi-Fi network. National Museum staff can access them from their work places.
Access for library visitors:
The Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon contains biographical information about more than one million artists. The information builds on the print editions of standard works such as the Thieme-Becker/Vollmer encyclopedia and the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. For some artists, only cursory information is available, but full-text articles are being added continuously. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
A comprehensive reference work that includes online versions of the Grove Dictionary of Art, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. The service is available to theNational Museum staff and visitors to the library.
Journal articles, catalogues, dissertations on modern and contemporary art, photography and design. From 1974 onwards. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
Design and crafts from 1973 onwards.
Journal articles about architecture, architectural history, urban planning and design, from 1934 onwards. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
Contains journal articles about Norwegian architecture from around 1900 to the present. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
Information about Norwegian architecture competitions from 1953 to the present. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
An archive of historical journalistic content from more than 100 newspapers, primarily Norwegian, but also some from other Nordic countries. VG is the oldest source, dating back to 1945. The archive also contains material from many Norwegian and foreign internet sources. ATEKST is updated regularly, with articles presented in their entirety. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
The Digital Library provides access to more than 1.3 million images relating to art, architecture, the social and natural sciences. The images are sourced from more than 200 public and private collections, mainly in the UK and USA: MoMA, Musée du Louvre, Magnum Photos, Illustrated Bartsch, Larry Quall’s Archive, and others. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library. Visitors to the library can access the ARTstor Digital Library via the library’s Wi-Fi network. The images can be downloaded to a private laptop and used freely for non-commercial purposes, such as lectures and teaching.
A combined search platform for Artbibliographies Modern, Avery and DAAI. The service is available to National Museum staff and visitors to the library.
This image database contains more than 50,000 pictures relating to the history of Western art from antiquity to the present. Many works from the National Museum’s collections are also included. The images are available for teaching and research purposes, but may not be used commercially. Please ask a member of the library staff for user name and password.
Relevant digital resources available to the visitor:
An international group catalogue for art libraries.
A database of images and information about objects in many Norwegian museum collections.
The National Museum’s collection online. Information about 33,000 works and 5,000 artists, architects and designers.
Internet version provided via Store norske leksikon. This is a digital version of the four-volume book publication from 1982–1986. This academic artists dictionary covers Norwegian artists, architects and crafts persons. In Norwegian only.
A German database that allows combined searches of various sources relating primarily to historical art from the medieval period to the present.
Contains references to fine art from antiquity to the present.
Books and other publications in around 350 Norwegian academic libraries (including all those in the BIBSYS library system), county and public libraries and the libraries of the Norwegian institutes in Athens and Rome..
A combined search platform for European archives, libraries and museums.
The Getty Research Institute has digitised the full text of more that 100,000 works on art history.
Norwegian art, art in general, art theory, international art (as described by Norwegian authors), applied art and residential architecture.
A search engine that allows you to search the resources of Norwegian academic libraries: books, articles, journals, dissertations, films and electronic resources etc. As of November 2015, this database replaces BIBSYS Ask. It encompasses catalogue data from the National Library of Norway, and the libraries of Norwegian universities, university colleges and several other research institutions.
The database of the Royal Institute of British Architects, with journal articles and books on contemporary architecture.