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The Ibsen Centre Library

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

Regular opening hours

  • Mon–fri: 09.00–15.00

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

Week 43: The library is temporarily closed due to measures to prevent infection of the coronavirus. Feel free to contact our librarian Kristin Kosberg by e-mail to make an individual visit appointment.

Librarian office hours during fall 2020

  • Wednesdays
  • Fridays

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 collection

Collage of Ibsen pictures

The Ibsen Centre Library is a research library with emphasis on Henrik 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 and video recordings for use in teaching. Much of the literature we have is electronic, and you have to look it up in Oria to find it.

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. The articles are searchable in The International Ibsen Bibliography (those registered after 2015 is searchable also in Oria).

In addition, the library gives you access to digital articles, audio and images through a number of database subscriptions in collaboration with the University of Oslo Library. You also have access to good quality digital dictionaries.

New books in the Library

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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



Þ = Access only from campus or from home with swipe login (your UiO username and password)

  • 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

  • Digital theatre+ Þ
    A database with access to 900+ curriculum-linked resources including backstage insights, practitioner interviews, written analysis and 400+ captured theatre productions

  • 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 (November 2019) 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 
  • 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 (November 2019) is provided by the librarian here

  • MLA – Modern Language Association International Bibliography Þ
    An index of research literature (books and articles) in languages, literature, linguistics and folklore. Powered by MLA

  • MLA international bibliography with full text Þ
    EBSCOhost. Full text database listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore and film since 1926

  • 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

  • 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.

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