Library Regulations

Library card

  • A library card is required in order to borrow items from the University Library. Students and staff at the University use their student/staff card. Staff at the Oslo University Hospital may get a National Library card.
  • External users must be residents in Norway. The National Library card is issued on personal attendance, on the presentation of valid identification. The National Library card basically works just like a local library card at the UiO libraries, but can be made into a National Library card by contacting a public library. A National library card issued by a public Library or a library card from another university or college in Norway, can normally be used after it is registered in the library system of the University of Oslo Library.
  • Library cards are personal and not transferable to anyone else.
  • Users are responsible for ensuring that details of address, telephone number and e-mail address are always correct. Students at the University are responsible for reporting any changes to the Student Register.
  • The loss of your library card must be reported to the library as soon as possible to prevent abuse.


  • Borrowing items from the University Library collections is free of charge.
  • The loan period:
    • Four weeks is the normal loan period
    • Two weeks is borrowing period for curriculum and recommended literature.
      • Loans can be renewed unless the document is reserved for another borrower. Loans to employees are automatically renewed if there is no waiting list.
    • One-day loans must be returned on the same day and can not be renewed. Special collections can also be reserved for our students and staff.
  • Reference literature, special collections and journals are not normally available for loan. Some special collections are restricted to our students and staff only.
  • Particularly valuable documents and items published before 1850 are only available for use within the Library.
  • Items borrowed from other libraries for students and staff at UiO and OUS are subject to the loan period and other conditions imposed by the lending library.
  • By arrangement, items may be borrowed from other libraries for external users.
    See price list.
  • Items you have borrowed are not transferable to another person. You are responsible for all items listed on your library record.

Overdue notices

Reserved documents and loans from other libraries

  • The document will be recalled the day after the due date.
  • The second notice (after 7 days) will imply blocking of loans and requests as well as a compensation claim. Students and external users will also be charged an administration fee of 50 kr per document.

One day loans

  • The document will be recalled the day after the due date.
  • The second  notice (after 4 days) will imply blocking of loans and requests as well as a compensation claim. Students and external users will also be charged an administration fee of 50 kr pr. document.
Accumulated fines of NOK 200 or more will result in the suspension of borrowing rights until all fines and administrative fees are paid.

Lost or damaged items

  • The user is responsible for returning the item in the same condition in which it was received.
  • If an item is lost or damaged, the full replacement cost must be paid. You will also be charged with an administration fee of NOK 50 to be paid with your overdue fees. 
  • The compensation amount is NOK 750. If the item is returned after the invoice is sent out, the administration fee must still be paid.
  • Items borrowed from other libraries are subject in each case to the replacement cost imposed by the lending library.
  • Legal action will be taken against the user in the event of an unfulfilled replacement cost.


Contravention of the Library Regulations can result in suspension of borrowing rights at the University Library.


Laid down by the Library Director.

Published Jan 22, 2016 01:13 PM - Last modified Apr 7, 2016 01:37 PM