Oslo opens a new public library
“The opening of the new Deichman library in Oslo is an important contribution to strengthen Norway's position as a cultural destination. I look forward to experience the library at Bjorvika, and to the further expansion of the Oslo skyline in the coming months, when the new Munch Museum and the new National Museum will open their doors,” says Bente Bratland Holm, director of tourism Visit Norway.
Through the last decade Oslo has transformed into an urban fjord city with cultural highlights and iconic landmarks such as the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Barcode district.
Bjorvika, once known for being a major highway junction and a container port, has been transformed into a modern borough with fascinating architecture and great outdoor spaces. Shops and restaurants, office and apartment buildings, galleries and an art hotel stand alongside beaches and a seawater pool, Oslo’s first urban farm and urban saunas.
Located in the harbour of Oslo and close to Oslo Central Station, the library was designed by architects Lundhagem and Atelier Oslo. The goal is to host two million visitors each year, in a Covid-free situation. Among the safety measures in regards to infection control is a limit on the number of visitors who can be present in the library at the same time: 1,000, compared to the usual limit of 3,000. This limit has been set in consultation with local infection control authorities.