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The Centre for Ibsen Studies has a large collection of material 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.
Librarian office hours
- Mon: 09.00–16.00
- Wed: 13.15–16.00
- Fri: 09.00–16.00
The library is temporarily closed due to measures to prevent infection of the coronavirus.
24/7 online access: Electronic journals, databases and ebooks are still accessed by the libraries at UiO. See below or www.ub.uio.no
These days, several publishers and content providers are also opening up their resources so that they are free for everyone to use.
The National Library has opened up free access to compulsory material. That means all books, magazines and newspapers published in Norwegian – also a lot of what has been translated.
The librarian works from home, so just get in touch if you for example need help finding digital literature. Very much is possible to obtain digital! Feel free to contact the librarian by e-mail.
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.
About the collection
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 DVD's and audio 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.
Den filosofiske ape : et essay om Henrik Ibsens Kejser og Galilæer
Kristiansen, Inge S (Vidarforlaget, 2019)Received in the library 26 March.
Empty nurseries, queer occupants : reproduction and the future in ibsen's late plays
Gunn, Olivia Noble (Routledge, 2020)Series: Studies in childhood, 1700 to the presentReceived in the library 23 March.
The Routledge introduction to theatre and performance studies
Fischer-Lichte, Erika (Routledge, 2014)E-book activated 23 March.
Suggest a purchase
If you think something is missing in our collections, you can suggest a purchase (books, journals, films, databases, e-books etc).
Databases Ibsen Studies
Þ = Access only from campus or from home with swipe login (your UiO username and password)
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
- Digital theatre+ Þ
A database with access to 900+ curriculum-linked resources including backstage insights, practitioner interviews, written analysis and 400+ captured theatre productions
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
- Project Muse
Interdisciplinary base with Humanities journals
- Sakprosabibliografi (Forskningsmiljøet Norsk sakprosa)
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
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 Archive, Henrik Ibsen's Writings, IbsenStage and The Multilingual Ibsen)
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 Scandinavian Studies
Databases, journals, keywords etc.