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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

The library is closed during Christmas and on all public and official holidays.

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.

Change in opening hours

Change in opening hours: The library is temporarily closed due to measures to prevent infection of the coronavirus. Feel free to contact us by e-mail to make an individual visit appointment.

Remote Acceess

Access library resources when you are not on campus.

Work station

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


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

About the library collection

The physical collection counts about 1800 books. In the library you will also find magazines, a large film collection, theater program 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, magazines, etc.: Go to Oria

By Ibsen

The physical 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 (those registered after 2015 you can look up also in Oria).

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).

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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 introduction to the databases and help with searching!

  • Atekst Þ
    Atekst from Retriever gives archive access to Norwegian newspapers and full-text

  • 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

  • Britannica Academic Þ
    Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • Digitalt Museum
    Norwegian museum collections: art, applied arts, cultural history and much more

  • 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

  • Þ
    Modern playwrights and plays written or translated into English (b. 1956–)
    Username and password for trial access is provided by the librarian – here

  • Europeana
    Explore 48,633,358 artworks, artefacts, 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
  • Hanske
    National Library's catalog of private archives, individual manuscripts and letters
  • 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

  • IbsenStage
    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
    Username and password for trial access is provided by the librarian here

  • MLA – Modern Language Association International Bibliography Þ
    A classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Operated by the Modern Language Association of America

  • Nationaltheatrets arkiv (forestillinger og manus)
    National Theater's script archive
  • NBdigital – The Norwegian National Digital Library Þ
    Log in with Feide to get access to digitized material as if you were at NB. Search in books, newspapers and magazines
  • NORA – Norwegian Open Research Archives
    Academic publications at Norwegian academic and research libraries. Search articles, conference contributions, dissertations, etc.
  • Norart 
    An index for Norwegian and Nordic journal articles. Updated by the National Library

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

  • 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.

  • Operabase
    Search for performances, singers and opera houses in Europe
  • Ordnett Þ
    Dictionaries from the publisher Kunnskapsforlaget: Norwegian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish
  • Playbill
    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
  • Sakprosabibliografi (Forskningsmiljøet Norsk sakprosa)
  • Scenekunstarkivet
    A digital archive of theater in Denmark from the 2009/2010 season. Find information about productions, performances and theatrical activities
  • Sceneweb
    Norway's national performing arts database for documentation and archiving digital material about all professional performing arts in Norway

  • 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

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

  • University of Oslo Library Subject page for art history
    Databases, journals, keywords etc.

  • University of Oslo Library – Subject page for Scandinavian Studies
    Databases, journals, keywords etc.
  • 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