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Welcome to

The Gunnerus Library

The Gunnerus Library was founded in 1768 as library to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and is the oldest scientific library in Norway (History of the Gunnerus Library).

The library is one of the most important libraries in the Nordic countries and our collections include fiction and specialist literature dating back to the 1500s from Norway, the Nordic countries and Europe. Our collections also include literature in archaeology, biology, genealogy and local history.

The Knudtzon room visit has to be scheduled in advance. Please send an e-mail to The Gunnerus Library.

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Available workspaces

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The library offers

Special collections

Archives, pictures, books, manuscripts, maps, music and theatre collections.


Books, encyclopedia, newspapers.


Group rooms and study spaces, microfilm equipment, PCs, printing.

Events and exhibitions

Courses in genealogy and local history, exhibitions, lectures, seminars.

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UB Opening hours

Opening hours

The Gunnerus Library

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The Gunnerus Library

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Library staff present: Monday–Friday 10–14
Second floor reading room: Monday–Friday 8–15.30

Summer opening hours  
17 Juni–5 July
Monday–Friday 12–14

8–26 July

29 July–9 August
Monday–Friday 12–14

12–16 August
Monday–Friday 10-14

Special collections

Open: Monday–Friday: 9–14.30, by appointment



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