The public libraries in Oslo close down

Due to the increased risk of coronavirus infection, Oslo public library Deichman closes all its libraries in Oslo with immediate effect.


Immediate measures

Library director Knut Skansen says:

– Closing the libraries is the only responsible action to take at this time. Our focus is to look after the public and our employees.

Deichman has approximately 8000 visitors every day at our 21 libraries in Oslo (the main library is exempt because it has not yet been opened). This makes Oslo's public library Norway’s most visited cultural institution.

Information to the public will be provided via information in the libraries, on our website deichman.no, in social media and through a direct e-mail.

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Loans, returns, and reservations while the library is closed

Have you borrowed books or other materials that you originally should have returned in the period when the library is closed? No need to worry.

- All current loans will be extended for as long as the library remains closed, and we will not charge any new late fees.

- If you receive a claim from the Norwegian Tax Administration (Oslo kemnerkontor), you will need to follow this up with the Tax Administration, not with Deichman.

- Have you reserved books or materials that you have not yet collected? The collection deadline will be extended. Once we reopen, you will find your reserved materials on the library’s collection shelf.

- You will not be able to reserve books or materials until the library reopens.