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The Ibsen Centre Library

A bookshelf filled with Ibsen publications

The Centre for Ibsen Studies has a large collection of books by and about Henrik Ibsen.

Visit us

  • Regular opening hours are Mondays–Wednesdays between 10:00–15:00 (Thursdays we close at 14:30)*
  • The library is located in Henrik Wergelands hus (room 215)

Everyone is welcome to visit us and use our library to read books and articles or watch a movie. Unfortunately, we do not provide the option of borrowing material home.

NOTE! We are unfortunately closed on Wednesday 1 December due to illness.

*There is no librarian present on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Infection prevention measures

We encourage students, staff and guests to follow general infection prevention guidelines.


Work station

We have two computer work stations where you can for example search our collection. The library has a copying machine available for students and employees at UiO, and scanning and printing is also possible.

Remote Access

Access library resources when you are not on campus.


For help and guidance, feel free to contact our subject librarian Kristin Kosberg by e-mail or stop by during her office hours (room 209 at Henrik Wergelands hus).

About the library collection

The physical collection counts about 1800 books by and about Ibsen and his works. In the library you will also find magazines, a large film collection, theater programs and a unique collection of articles. In addition, the library gives you access to electronical books, articles, audio and images. You also have access to good quality digital dictionaries.

Find books, articles, film, theater programs, journals, etc. - print & electronic: Go to Oria

By Ibsen

The collection includes the major Norwegian editions (e.g. Henrik Ibsen's Writings) and the most comprehensive collections of works in German, French and English. We also have translations of individual works into many languages in addition to film adaptations and performance recordings for use in teaching.

About Ibsen

Some Scandinavian and English theater and literature journals related to Ibsen Studies are available here, and a good collection containing drama theory and history, literature theory and history, handbooks, dictionaries in many languages, encyclopedias etc. The collection also contains over 15,000 physical articles about Ibsen's life and works. You can look up the articles in The International Ibsen Bibliography, where you will also find the shelf signature. Those registered after 2015 you can look up also in Oria.

How to perform a search in Oria

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New books in the Library

Suggest a purchase

If you think something is missing in our collection, you can suggest a purchase (books, journals, films, databases, e-books etc).

Suggest a purchase

Databases Ibsen Studies

A person working at a computer next to a large bookshelf.

Þ = Access only from campus or from home with swipe login (your UiO username and password). Feel free to ask the librarian for an introduction and help with searching the databases.

Atekst Þ

Atekst from Retriever gives archive access to Norwegian newspapers and full-text journals. (Norwegian)

Bibliography of the Swedish History of Literature 

A database of books and articles within the fields of Swedish literary science and history of Swedish literature developed by Uppsala University Library and now a sub-database of the national catalog LIBRIS. (Swedish)

Britannica Academic Þ

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Digitalt Museum

Norwegian museum collections: art, applied arts, cultural history, and much more. (Norwegian)

DLB – Bibliography of Danish Literary History 

The main bibliography in the fields of Danish literary science and history of Danish literature. Operated by the Royal Library in Denmark. (Danish) Þ

Modern playwrights and plays written or translated into English (b. 1956–)

Username and password for trial access is provided by the librarian. Send an e-mail to to access the database.


Explore 48,633,358 artworks, artifacts, 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 the museums with Google Street View technology. It can be limited to the categories Artists, Mediums, Art movements, Historical events, Historical figures, and Places

Google Scholar

Academic literature and research. Scientific books, journals, reports and dissertations


National Library's catalog of private archives, individual manuscripts and letters. (Norwegian)

Henrik Ibsens diktning (Harald Noreng)

Search the Norwegian originals of 26 of Ibsen's plays and a collection of poems, a total of 630,00 words. Or scroll through the list of words and obtain some statistics of the most frequent words and word classes. (Norwegian)


Search for all known performances of Ibsen's plays. Updated by the Centre for Ibsen Studies.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - IBSS 

(ProQuest) IBSS indexes articles from more than 2600 journals in the social sciences and more than 6000 books a year. The database covers articles and chapters from more than 100 countries and more than 90 languages. Approx. 70% of the entries are in English. 

Internet Movie DataBase

Search the world's largest movie database


More than 2000 full-text journals, of which about 230 are in the arts and architecture. Interdisciplinary, and good at Performing Arts

Littforsk – Bibliography of Norwegian research in literature

A database containing references to research on literature published primary in Norway, including books, theses, and articles from books and journals. Operated by the National Library of Norway

Manusbanken Þ

New Norwegian drama. (Norwegian)

Username and password for trial access is provided by the librarian. Send an e-mail to to access the database.

MLA – Modern Language Association International Bibliography Þ

A classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literature, folklore, and linguistics. Operated by the Modern Language Association of America

Nationaltheatrets arkiv (forestillinger og manus)

National Theater's script archive. (Norwegian)

NBdigital – The Norwegian National Digital Library Þ

Log in with Feide to get access to digitized material as if you were at the Norwegian National Library. Search in books, newspapers, and magazines. (Norwegian)

NORA – Norwegian Open Research Archives

Academic publications at Norwegian academic and research libraries. Search articles, conference contributions, dissertations, etc. (Norwegian)


An index for Norwegian and Nordic journal articles. Updated by the National Library of Norway. (Norwegian)

Norsk litteraturkritikk

Formerly called "Beyerbasen". A bibliography of literary criticism published in Norwegian media and some reviews of Norwegian literature published in foreign media. (Norwegian)

NYPL Digital Collections

The New York Public Library has scanned more than 840,000 high-resolution images that can be used legally. The database is updated daily with new material, including prints, photographs, maps, posters, menus, illustrations, catalogs etc.


Search for performances, singers and opera houses in Europe.

Ordnett Þ

Dictionaries from the publisher Kunnskapsforlaget: Norwegian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish.


Access to all issues of the American theater magazine PLAYBILL. Search the largest BROADWAY database online

Performing Arts Periodicals Database Þ

An index of more than 395 journal titles – over 160 of which are available in full text – including American Theatre, Dance Chronicle, Dance Teacher, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Opera News and more

PressReader Þ

The service allows you to read over 7,400 daily newspapers and magazines from large parts of the world

Project Muse

Interdisciplinary base with Humanities journals


The research environment Norsk Sakprosa. (Norwegian)


A digital archive of theater in Denmark from the 2009/2010 season. Find information about productions, performances, and theatrical activities


Norway's national performing arts database for documentation and archiving digital material about all professional performing arts in Norway. (Norwegian)

The Ibsen Society of America

The International Ibsen Bibliography

International bibliography with references to documents of and about Henrik Ibsen (books, journal chapters, theatre programs, films and more). Search among 37.000 items. Terms for topics and genres used in the Ibsen Bibliography can be found here and here  (Norwegian terms only). Professionally responsible for the bibliography is the Center for Ibsen Studies

The Internet Archive

A non-profit online library with more than 6 million digitized older books. Includes "Wayback machine" -– an archive of internet pages

The Virtual Ibsen Centre 

The Ibsen Center's web portal for their own digital resources (incl. The international Ibsen Bibliography, The Ibsen ArchiveHenrik Ibsen's WritingsIbsenStage and The Multilingual Ibsen


Avant-garde documentation online. Visual, written, and audio poetry, expanded to include film and sound art mp3 archives

University of Oslo Library Subject page for art history

Databases, journals, keywords.

University of Oslo Library – Subject page for Scandinavian Studies

Databases, journals, keywords.

Web of Science

The Clarivate Analytics-databases are divided into three subject areas: Social Science Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, and Science Citation Index