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

The Library

New books in the library

Updated - Infection control rules:

The library is CLOSED. Updated information about the situation will be published around January 31. It is not possible to return or borrow books, but you are welcome to contact us by e-mail: bibliotek@khio.no

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday 09.00–18.00
Friday 09.00–17.00

Contact us

Follow the KHiO Library at Instagram: @khiobiblioteket 

Tel: +47 22 99 55 10
E-mail: bibliotek@khio.no
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)


Bibliotekets dataabaser. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen
Bibliotekets dataabaser. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen

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

Aria database

The Aria Database is a collection of information about opera and operatic arias. Besides providing basic information about each aria, the Database includes translations for many arias and aria texts for those that are not affected by copyright restrictions. The Database also provides access to a collection of operatic sound files to give visitors an idea of what each aria sounds like. The Aria Database also contains information on available scores and sound files that can be purchased to aid in study and enjoyment. Currently, the Database holds information on the complete operatic aria collections of Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, and Puccini as well as the partial collections of over 50 other composers.

Art & Architecture Complete  

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


Artnet is an online resource for the international art market, and the destination to buy, sell, and research art online. 


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


Norwegian fulltext newspaper and magazine articles.


Nordic theatre publisher

Digital Theatre+  

Streaming service for theatre productions


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

Digitalt Museum

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


Database of Norwegian poetry.


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


Norwegian Theatre Council database of plays.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

Ebooks purchased by the KHiO library.

Encyclopedia Britannica 

A general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia.


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

Google Arts & Culture

Access to high-resolution images of artwork in a number of museums around the world. You can also move around in the museums with Google Street View Technology. It can be defined in the categories Artists, Mediums, Art movements, Historical events, Historical figures, and Places.

Google Scholar

Web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

Classical sheet music

Internet Movie DataBase

The worlds largest movie database

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text 

Fulltext journal articles and e-books

IPA Source 

Transcriptions and translations of arias and songs.


Oslo National Academy of the Arts Digital Archive


Norwegian bibliography of art history.


Contemporary Norwegian Plays


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.


Classical music videos.

The Norwegian National Theatre

The Norwegian National Theatre script archive

Nordiska Strakosch

Nordic publishing house for drama.

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.


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.


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

Sang- og viseregister

Database of Norwegian songs.


Catalogue of Norwegian actors and actresses.

For username and password, ask our librarian.


Database of materials for architects and artists.


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.

Web Gallery of Art

European art from 1100-1850. (Over 22600 works.)

Feel free to ask your librarian for help!

Library lending policy

Lån fra biblioteket. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen.
Lån fra biblioteket. Foto: Kristine Jakobsen.

Who can borrow? 

Everyone can borrow.

Students and staff at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) are our primary users and can borrow freely from our collections. Employee/student ID-card is your loan card. If you do not find what you require, you can request an inter-library loan. Some material may be used within the Library.

Students and employees at KHiO can also borrow directly from the libraries of The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and The Norwegian Academy of Music.

Lending rules 

The borrower is personally responsible for all loans.

Loan period:
  • 30 days for books and sheet music.
  • 7 days for DVDs, CDs, theatre manuscripts, curriculum literature and journals.

Encyclopedias and bound journals are not for loan.

You can easily renew your loans by logging in to Oria , by phone or email or by visiting the circulation desk. Loans can usually be renewed as long as the items are not requested by other patrons. The library sends overdue reminders by e-mail/SMS.

If the items are not returned or renewed after the second overdue reminder you will receive a compensation claim of NOK 750,- minimum per item. You will not be allowed to borrow anything else until the claim is sorted out.

Items borrowed from other libraries are processed according to the other library's lending policy.

Loss of a student ID-card must be reported to the library. The library must be notified of any name and address changes

If these regulations are not followed your borrowing priveliges may be revoked.

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.


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.


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.

Artistic Research and Publishing

If you have any questions regarding what to register, please contact the library: khioda@khio.no

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.

Reading difficulties

Anyone with reading difficulties due to illness or disability can use the services of The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB).

Citation and references

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.

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

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 collecions 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. 

Hvordan finne frem på biblioteket

  • Map of the library
  • Hyllesignatur "Nærmag." eller "Mag.": Denne litteraturen må du be bibliotekaren om å finne frem for deg da den er oppstilt i magasin.
  • Samlingene er stilt opp etter Deweys desimalklassifikasjon  hvor hvert emne har sitt eget nummer. Bibliotekaren kan hjelpe deg med å finne ut hvilket nummer "ditt" emne står på.