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About the library

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 AHO’s students and staff may borrow books.

The collections

The main emphasis of 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, and in 2004 the masterprogramme in landscape architecture started. Over the years many gift collections have been added: From architectural offices, municipal authorites and private institutions.

In 2016 the number of print volumes are approximately 50.000, 200 print journal subscriptions and 2000 e-journals.

Digital resources

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


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.