Library shelves
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Ina Wesenberg

Practical information

The entrance to the National Museum's library is in Dronning Mauds gate 2, and is open to everyone.

The library's book collections must be viewed on site and is not borrowable. The collection is searchable in Oria, where you will also find digital versions of many of the Norwegian books.

Parts of the book collections are held in storage areas, and it can take time to retrieve them. The collections are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system, where each subject has its own number.

We have a dedicated reading room with 22 workstations, in addition to 20 workstations in the library itself.

At the library there is access to WiFi, some electronic resources, a book scanner and photocopying facilities.

Bags and backpacks may not be brought into the library, and must be placed in lockers in the cloakroom.

For library enquiries contact us at:

The collection

The library's collection contains around 150,000 books and around 1,300 Norwegian and international journals covering the visual arts, arts and crafts, design, architecture, art theory, conservation and museology.

A significant part of the book collection consists of artist monographs, exhibition catalogues and collection catalogues. In addition, the library has a large collection of encyclopaedias.

Around 123 journals in the library are ongoing subscriptions and are available in print format. Some are also available in digital format.