About the Library

The Library is situated on the ground floor towards the lovely landscape along Akerselva River. Everybody is welcome to the Library, but only the School’s students and staff may borrow books.

The collections

The main emphasis on the collection is on architecture, urbanism, art, design and building technology; supplemented by a general background collection on social sciences, philosophy and science studies.

The building of the architectural collections started in 1968 when the School moved to St. Olavs gate, and  the design collections started in 1996. During the years many gift collections have been added: from architectural offices, municipal authorites and private institutions.

In 2013 the number of print volumes are 58.900, 200 print journal subscriptions and 2090 e-journals.

Digital resources

We subscribe to national and international reference databases, full text databases and  digital dictionaries and handbooks.



The Library uses the database system BIBSYS, which is a national library system for university-, college- and research libraries in Norway. 

  • The reference collection and bound magazine volumes is located on the mezzanine.
  • Also on the mezzanine is the Library’s collection of travel guides.
  • Books labelled nærmag. are located separately in a storage room adjoining the library, and can be accessed by asking the staff at the library’s reception desk.