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The purpose of the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is to coordinate and standardize the use of identifying numbers so that each ISBN is unique to a title, edition of a book, or monographic publication -- braille, microform, and electronic publications, as well as audiobooks, educational/instructional videos/DVDs and software -- published or produced by a specific publisher or producer. Oslo National Academy of Art's publisher number is 92613.

The library assigns ISBNs to Oslo National Academy of Fine Arts' publications on demand:

Number of copies for the Library:

It is required to submit 4 physical copies + 1 digital copy of all publications published by the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts to the library:

What sorts of products are eligible to be identified by ISBN?

ISBNs are assigned to text-based monographic publications (i.e. one-off publications rather than journals, newspapers, or other types of serials) and certain types of related products that are available to the public, whether
those publications and related products are available on a gratis basis or to purchase.

In addition, individual sections (such as chapters) of publications or issues or articles from journals, periodicals or serials that are made available separately may also use the ISBN as an identifier.

With regard to the various media available, it is of no importance in what physical form the content is documented and distributed; however, each product form should be identified separately.

Some examples of the types of publication that qualify for ISBN are:

  • Printed books and pamphlets
  • Individual chapters or sections of a publication if these are made available separately
  • Braille publications
  • Publications that are not intended by the publisher to be updated regularly or continued indefinitely
  • Individual articles or issues of a particular continuing resource (but not the continuing resource in its entirety)
  • Maps
  • Educational/instructional films, videos and transparencies
  • Audiobooks on cassette, or CD, or DVD (talking books)
  • Electronic publications either on physical carriers (such as machine-readable tapes, diskettes, or CD-ROMs) or on the Internet
  • Digitised copies of print monographic publications
  • Microform publications
  • Educational or instructional software
  • Mixed media publications (where the principal constituent is text-based)

(Source: The International ISBN Agency)

What sorts of products are NOT eligible to be identified by ISBN?

Any publication that does not have a defined end (e.g. a continuing resource such as a periodical or newspaper that will appear in subsequent issues over time) should not be assigned an ISBN.

Some examples of products that do not qualify for ISBN are:

• Journals, periodicals, serials, newspapers in their entirety (although single issues or articles where these are made available separately may be assigned ISBN as well) (see )
• Abstract entities such as textual works and other abstract creations of intellectual or artistic content (see )
• Ephemeral printed materials such as advertising matter and the like
• Printed music (see )
• Art prints and art folders without title page and text
• Personal documents (such as an electronic curriculum vitae or personal profile)
• Greetings cards
• Music sound recordings
• Software that is intended for any purpose other than educational or instructional
• Electronic bulletin boards
• E-mails and other electronic correspondence
• Games

For further information including clarification about whether or not a particular type of product may qualify, please contact ISBN Norge:

(Source: The International ISBN Agency)


• The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an eight-digit number which identifies periodical publications as such, including electronic serials.
• The ISSN is a numeric code which is used as an identifier: it has no signification in itself and does not contain in itself any information referring to the origin or contents of the publication.
• The ISSN takes the form of the acronym ISSN followed by two groups of four digits, separated by a hyphen.

(Source: ISSN International Centre)

Where should I display an ISBN?

On a printed book an ISBN should be included on the copyright page (also called the title verso page) or at the foot of the title page if there is no room on the copyright page. If there is no bar code, then the ISBN should also be on the back cover or jacket preferably on the lower right.

In the case of electronic publications (such as compact discs, online publications), the ISBN must appear on the title display, that is the first display page or on the screen that displays the title or its equivalent (e.g.,
the initial screen displayed when the content is first accessed and/or on the screen that carries the copyright notice).

For eligible educational/instructional films, videos, and transparencies, the ISBN must appear on the credit titles.

If the publication is issued in a container that is an integral part of the publication (e.g., a compact disc, cassette, or diskette), the ISBN should be displayed on any labels included with that container. If it is not possible to
display the ISBN on the container or its label, then the ISBN should be displayed at the bottom of the back of any permanent packaging for that container (e.g., the box, sleeve, or frame).
(Source: The International ISBN Agency)

The ISBN takes the form of the acronym ISBN followed by five groups of 3-2-5-2-1 digits, separated by hyphens: ISBN 978-82-92613-18-4 


If you have any further questions regarding ISBN and ISSN, please send an e-mail to