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Centre for Ibsen Studies Library

We are a research library that manages the collection and knowledge about Henrik Ibsen, and makes it available for in-house as well as external research. The library is open to everyone.


A bookshelf filled with Ibsen publications
Photo: Kristin Kosberg

Find books, articles, journals etc.

Visit us

  • Regular opening hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 09:00–14:30.
  • Students and staff have access outside opening hours using their UiO access card and code. 
  • 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.

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.

About the library collection

About the collection

The physical collection counts about 2000 books by and about Ibsen and his works. In the library you will also find magazines, a large film collection, doctoral theses, master's theses, small print, reference literature and a unique collection of newspaper and magazine articles as well as book chapters.

In addition, the library gives you access to electronical books, articles, audio and images. You also have access to good quality digital dictionaries.

In the Oria search service, you get an overview of the Center for Ibsen Studies' entire collection of printed books, films and periodicals. You also search in electronic resources: open access and e-subscription journals. Oria can also be used to search the collections of over 100 other Norwegian subject and research libraries.

How to perform a search in 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. The By-collection is regularly updated.

About Ibsen

The collection includes Norwegian and international secondary literature of older and more recent date, which is updated regularly. 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. We have ongoing subscriptions to the Centre for Ibsen Studies' own journal Ibsen Studies, both in print and electronic format, and we also keep Norsk Shakespearetidsskrift (physical). 

The collection also contains over 15,000 copies of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as book chapters, about Ibsen's life and works, many of them hard to get elsewhere. You can look up the articles in The International Ibsen Bibliography, where you will also find the shelf signature. All articles registered after 2015 you can look up also in Oria. Many articles are electronically available. The article collection is no longer updated.

An alternative is to go to the Nettbiblioteket ( (Online Library) for newspapers and magazines (Norwegian) etc. The National Library are digitizing their entire collection, and making it available in the Nettbiblioteket. In the Nettbiblioteket you can search in full text. Search tips and help for the Nettbiblioteket can be found here (Norwegian only).

New books in the Library

Suggest a purchase

Do you have a favorite that you'd like to share? 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.

Note that some of the services are only available on campus or from home with swipe login (your UiO username and password). These are marked with Þ.


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


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

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

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

The Ibsen Society of America

The Ibsen Society of America (ISA) is an organization devoted to the promotion of academic and public interest in the works of  Henrik Ibsen.

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. Subject headings may be searched through a separate list of terms for topics (Norwegian terms only) and a separate list of terms for genres (Norwegian terms with English translation) used in the Ibsen Bibliography. Academically 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 Multilingual Ibsen

The works of Henrik Ibsen in the original Norwegian, presented side by side with translations into various languages. 

The Virtual Ibsen Centre 

The Ibsen Center's web portal with links to several databases and digital resources that are operated/developed/expanded by us (incl. The International Ibsen Bibliography, The Ibsen ArchiveThe writings of Henrik IbsenIbsenStage and The Multilingual Ibsen)

The writings of Henrik Ibsen (e-edition)

A digital edition containing all preserved written material by Henrik Ibsen. (Norwegian)


Feel free to ask the librarian for an introduction and help with searching the databases.