The National Museum’s library and archives

The National Museum’s research library is located at Kristian Augusts gate 23, and is Norway’s leading library within its field. The library contains the collections of the National Museum – Architecture, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery and the National Exhibitions.

The library comprise of approximately 165,000 books, exhibition catalogues and reference works within the areas of older and contemporary visual art, the decorative arts, design, architecture and associated disciplines. The library also holds around 200 current periodicals, a DVD/video collection and a slide collection consisting of approximately 28,000 slides.

The library’s collections may be viewed on site. We have a reading room which seats 25 visitors and a dedicated DVD/video viewing room. Black and white and colour photocopying are available for a fee. Slides and DVDs/videos may be checked out for loaning purposes.

Public computers that can be used to search the internet and the library’s database are located in the library’s open area. The reading room has facilities which enable visitors to use their own laptops.

Opening hours

Wednesday–Thursday: 10.00–16.00
15. May–14. Sept.: 10.00–15.00
July:By appointment 


Visitor information

Adress:Kristian Augusts gate 23
Postal adress:Pb. 7014 St. Olavs plass
0130 Oslo 
Phone:+47 21 98 21 75

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