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Our local libraries resume a near-normal level of service from June 2.

When visiting us, you can:

  • Read, borrow, and return books, films, and other materials
  • Stay in the library for up to two hours (this also applies to study areas)
  • Use photocopiers, scanners, and printers
  • Read newspapers and magazines (but be sure to wash your hands before and after reading)

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Opening hours

We maintain regular summer hours from June 2 until August 31. Find your local library’s opening hours here. NB! Please note that we currently do not offer extended opening hours (“meråpent”).

Infection control measures

Our top priority is the health and security of our staff and borrowers. In consultation with local health authorities we have implemented the following infection control measures:

  • Stay home if you are quarantined or experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Keep a 1 meter distance to others. Wash your hands and practice safe cough etiquette.
  • Only a limited number of people may stay in the library at any given time.
  • Reading groups, study circles, and similar activities are limited to 20 participants.
  • Eating is not allowed inside the libraries. The coffee machines are closed.
  • We have intensified our cleaning procedures. All screens are cleaned every hour. All meeting room tables are cleaned after use.
  • All toys have been removed from play areas.
  • Bringing large luggage into the library is not allowed.
  • Please use a card when paying.
  • We are unable to receive visits from schools and kindergartens.

About us

Deichman consists of 22 branch libraries located all over Oslo. Deichman was founded in 1785 and is Norway’s oldest and largest public library. We look forward to welcoming you to the new main library Deichman Bjørvika in 2020. Deichman Bjørvika is located in between Oslo Central Station and the Opera house.

Whoever you are, a Deichman library is a place for you. In our libraries you are welcome to spend time reading, working, relaxing, meeting friends, or enjoying some peace and quiet.

Feel free to borrow whatever you like from our collection of more than a million books, movies, games, CDs and other media. All you need is a library card.

How to register for a library card

Library cards are available for everyone who resides in Norway. You need to have a Norwegian social security number, D number, or DUF number to obtain a library card.

Do you need us to help you register? Stop by your local Deichman, and we will assist you.

Find your local branch library.

Lending regulations

For media

For inquirires about the Oslo Public Library Deichman, please contact Head of Communications Jørn Johansen ( +47 900 97 250).

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Extended opening hours

Several of Deichman’s libraries offer extended opening hours.

If you have upgraded your library card to an admission card, you have access to these libraries from 7 AM until 11 PM every day, including weekends and public holidays.

We are continuously working to expand this service to include more libraries.

How to upgrade your library card
  • Log in to your personal page here on

  • Select the tab marked "Profil".

  • Scroll down to the button marked "Aktiver meråpent". Click the button.

  • A pop-up window opens. Confirm that you have read and understood Deichman’s lending regulations by checking the box marked "Jeg har lest og godtatt utlånsreglement".

  • Click the button marked "Aktiver meråpent".

  • You are now all set to use your library card as an admission card during extended opening hours.

Free-to-use facilities

Deichman libraries offer free use of several tools and facilities. These include:

  • Wi-Fi

  • Computers

  • Copymachines

  • Printers

  • Scanners

  • 3D-printers

  • Hand tools

Use of the tools is free, but you will be charged a small fee for materials such as printing paper and plastic for 3D printing. Contact your local library for more information.


Our libraries host thousands of events each year. The events include everything from concerts and comics conventions to language courses and political debates. See all upcoming events.

Language Café

Do you have a basic understanding of Norwegian, but want to improve your skills even more? Join our Language Cafés in one of our libraries.

Want to organize an event at a Deichman library? Contact your local Deichman library.