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Reading room and lockers for master students

The ILN master reading room is closed for renovation spring 2019. Students can use the IAKH reading room on the 3rd floor of Niels Treschows hus. It is unfortunately no longer possible to apply for a reserved desk for this semester.
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The reading room in Henrik Wergelands hus is used by master students at ILN and master students from the programme Nordisk at Lektorprogrammet. The reading room in Henrik Wergelands hus is used by master students at ILN and master students from the program Nordisk at Lektorprogrammet. There are reading desks, computers, lockers, WiFi and a book collection in the reading room. All users of the reading room are obliged to read and accept the section General rules and information below. Some of the reading desks are available to everyone on a day to day-basis (“free” reading desks), and the rest of them you may apply to reserve for one semester. As there are a limited number of reading desks, we have rules for the use of the reserved reading desks and criteria for allocating them.

General rules and information

  • We recommend that all users of the reading room join the reading room’s e-mail-list. Through this list you will receive important information concerning the reading room. Those who are assigned reading desks or lockers will automatically be added to the list.
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  • The “free” desks should only be used on a day-to-day basis, and they have to be cleared every evening.
  • The computers should be available to everyone. It is not allowed to store personal belongings on the computer desks.
  • The shelves facing the parking lot can be used by anyone, but all items stored there (books, food, etc.) should be marked with name.
  • Noise or other disturbance is not allowed.
  • It is not allowed to eat or drink at the computer desks.
  • Light bulbs, ink and paper for the printers are available in the front office on the 5th floor. If you have problems with one of the computers or the printer, please contact Student-IT . Other technical problems should be reported to the Operations Section, Operations Area Upper Blindern.
  • If you use your own computer in the reading room and need to print something, you can connect to the printer named trym. Instructions for connecting to the printer can be found here.
  • The department is not liable for any loss of personal belongings.
  • All master students at ILN with a valid student card are automatically granted access to the reading room. Should you experience problems with access, please contact the front office on the 5th floor.
  • The reading room is accessible from 06:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday to Friday, and from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. After 06:00 pm you need to use your student card along with the pin code to enter.


There are 90 large and 20 small lockers in the reading room. They can be used by all master students at ILN, including those who don't use the reading room.

To get a locker, go through the following steps:

  1. Get a padlock
  2. Find an available locker and padlock it.
  3. Write your name and e-mail address by the correct number (each locker are numbered) on the list on the wall.

Lockers that aren't registered, might be cut. To make sure that you get important information, we add you to the reading room's e-mail-list. When you don't need the locker any more, or when you aren't a master student at ILN any more, you have to empty the locker and delete your name from the list.

Rules concerning the use of the reserved desks

  • Everyone who has been assigned one of the reserved desks should be on the reading room´s e-mail list and are obliged to read the information they receive about the reading room.
  • The reading desk has to be used at least three days a week.
  • If you are leaving for a period of time exceeding two weeks (outside of the ordinary Christmas or summer holiday), you should clear your desk and notify the student committee.

The student committee will keep an eye on the reserved desks, and if they are not used according to the rules, we will contact you and the desk may ultimately be assigned to somebody else.

Who may reserve a reading desk?

Students with special needs have first priority. Students writing their MA-theses are prioritized next. The rest of the reserved desks will be assigned to other master students according to the order in which the applications are received.

How to apply for a reserved reading desk

The application form is only available for the first two weeks of each semester. If you are assigned one of the reserved reading desks, you can choose which desk you prefer. A map of the reading room will be put up on the doors of the reading room, and you may then write your name on your preferred desk among the available ones on the map. The desk is assigned for only one semester, and you will have to apply again for the next semester. If you already have a reserved desk and want to keep it, you don’t need to write your name on the map, but everyone has to fill out the application form.

Published Aug. 25, 2017 11:19 AM - Last modified Jan. 4, 2019 2:41 PM