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About us

Deichman consists of 23 branch libraries located all over Oslo. Deichman was founded in 1785 and is Norway’s oldest and largest public library.

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

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 deichman.no

  • 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.

Events

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.