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Kunsthøgskolens bibliotek. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen
Kunsthøgskolens bibliotek. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen

The Library

New books in the library

Anyone can use the library.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 09:00-19:00

The library is temporarily open on saturdays 10:00-15:00 in May.

Contact us

Follow the KHiO Library at Instagram: @khiobiblioteket 

Tel: +47 22 99 55 10
Postal address: Pb. 6853 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo

Is the library's group room available?

Check TimeEdit (select the library's group room 1)

Purchase Request

The library welcomes suggestions for new books, journals and databases. Purchase requests can be sent to


Foto: Kristine Jakobsen
Foto: Kristine Jakobsen

  = Off-campus access via Feide login. (Your KHiO username and password).

Fine Art / Design / Art and Craft 

Art & Architecture Complete 

Journals, e-books and pictures about art, design and architecture.


1.9 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

Digitalt Museum

Norwegian museum collections: art, arts and crafts, cultural history and much more.


Explore 48,633,358 artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe.


Norwegian bibliography of art history.


Material database with descriptions of 2600+ materials for architects and designers, within the following categories: Ceramics, Coatings, Concretes, Glass, Metals, Natural stones, Other naturals, Plastics, Wood.

NYPL Digital Collections

The New York Public Library has scanned more than 840,000 images in high resolution. The database is updated daily and includes prints, photographs, maps, posters, menus, illustrations, catalogues etc.


Educational resource for avant-garde material available on the internet. It offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, expanding to include film and sound art mp3 archives.

Dance and Theater 


Nordic theatre publisher.

Modern dramatists and plays written in or translated to English. From 1956-.

Drama Online  

Plays, scientific publications, audio plays and video recordings of theater performances


Script distribution and rights clearance for Norwegian amateur theatre.

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text 

Fulltext journal articles and e-books.


Contemporary Norwegian Plays. 

Classical music videos.

The Norwegian National Theatre

The Norwegian National Theatre script archive.

Nordiska Strakosch

Nordic publishing house for drama.


A national performing arts archive


Educational resource for avant-garde material available on the internet. It offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, expanding to include film and sound art mp3 archives.

Classical Music and Opera

Aria database

Collection of information about opera and operatic aria.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

Classical sheet music.

IPA Source 

Transcriptions and translations of arias and songs. 

Classical music videos.


Operabase has documented operatic activity worldwide since 1996, with over 410,000 performances on file. It records the work of artists in over 900 theatres, and publishes season information to opera-goers in 23 languages.

Newspapers, journals and ebooks

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

Ebooks purchased by the KHiO library.

National Library of Norway - Access to all digitized material

Academic staff at KHiO can log in to with Feide-ID for direct access. Everyone else must apply for access. You must then meet physically in the library and contact the librarian who approves the access.
More information here.


Employees can contact the library for access.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica 

A general knowledge English-language encyclopedia.


Dictionaries: Norwegian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

Artistic Research 


Research and artistic development at Norwegian universities, colleges and institutes.


Oslo National Academy of the Arts' repository. Contains artistic research and research results produced by our academic staff and fellows, plus documentation of the students' final exams works (exhibitions, performances, texts).

Research Catalogue

The Research Catalogue (RC) is a non-commercial, collaboration and publishing platform for artistic research.

Feel free to ask your librarian for help!

Information for faculty

New material is added to the Library's already extensive collection on an ongoing basis, to provide faculty and staff with access to a comprehensive range of quality resources in areas of our institution’s education and research. Users are encouraged to be actively involved in selecting new material.

Artistic Research and Publishing

  • CRIStin - The Norwegian Research Information System
  • KHIODA - Our own institutional repository (digital archive - fulltext, images, sound and film)
  • Nora - search Norwegian institutional repositories (open access, fulltext)
  • EndNote and Zotero - reference management systems

If you have any questions regarding what to register, please contact the library:

Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

NSD is responsible for the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. This forms the basis for research publications that have an impact on the weighted funding model. Here you can search for authorised publication channels, also within the design and arts fields: Search the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.


The Kopinor Higher education licence requires curriculum and other necessary learning material in the form of book excerpts to be registered for clearance in Bolk when it is copied and made available for the students.

Remember to register for clearance before copying and sharing with students. Book excerpts and compendiums to be used for a new group of students must be re-registered for clearance.

Bolk generates a pdf file that can be published in Canvas. The files are delivered individually or together as a digital compendium of your choice. Digital compendiums come with a table of contents, and it is possible to add other material.

Please contact the library if you lack access to Bolk.

Literature searches for systematic reviews

Are you working on an artistic research project that involves a systematic review? The library can conduct the literature search for you. Contact us for further information.


The library administers the institutional ISBN range (International Standard Book Number) and takes care of the legal depositing of all materials produced with the National Library in Mo i Rana. For more information about ISBN and ISSN (International Standard Serial Number), please see this page.

Course and guidance

Kildebruk, opphavsrett og kurs. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen
Kildebruk, opphavsrett og kurs. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen

Our various training programs aim to develop students’ information literacy skills.

Our goal is that our students should be able to:

  • Master general and specific search techniques in information sources relevant to their studies.
  • Be critically selective in their choice of information sources.
  • Stay updated within their subject area.
  • Know how to use and cite sources in an academic work.

Course: The KHiO library's digital introductory course

Video: How to find a specific book in the KHiO Library

Video: How to sign in to Oria and renew your loans

We adjust the form and content of our training according to student level and academic program.
In addition to mandatory courses in literature search for all new students, the library offers courses and guidance in the following areas:
  • Citation, referencing and copyright
  • EndNote/Zotero

Video: EndNote - import references from Oria and insert citation into Word

As a student or employee you can ask for guidance on the use of all library resources at any time: the library catalogue, databases (audio, film, photo, journals, etc.), how to look up material in the library, etc. You are always warmly welcome to ask a librarian!

About the library

We can offer faculty and students access to one of Norway's finest and most modern art libraries with vast, updated collections (books, cd's and film), a large collection of journals, - and specialised librarians.

Our collections

The KHiO Library's collections cover fine art, crafts, design and performing arts. The collections count approx. 70 000 books, as well as a large collection of films and a number of special collections, including a large collection of Artists' Books. The library also offers access to several digital resources within the subject areas.

In addition, the library subscribes to national and international newspapers.