Visiting the Reading Room

Everybody is welcome to visit the National Archives, whether you are looking to conduct scientific research, investigate legal rights, do a genealogical search or perform other kinds of research in the archival materials. The National Archives has a reading room that seats 60 visitors. We recommend checking opening hours before you come to see us.

The National Archives and the State Archive in Oslo share the same reading room. All information on this page thus also applies to the Regional State Archives in Oslo.

General Information

  • Parking by the Sognsvann subway station
  • The National Archives Building offers disability access
  • Smoking is not allowed on the premises
  • Cell phones must be turned off when in the archives office and the reading room
  • The areas open to the public are equipped with Wi-Fi

The Reception Desk

Visitor badges are issued at the reception desk, where all visitors to the National Archives Building are signed in. Bags and cameras must be checked at the reception desk. Outerwear must be left in the coat check in the lobby, where coin-operated lockers are available (NOK 10.00). You are only allowed to bring writing materials and necessary documents into the reading room.
When leaving the building, you must sign out at the reception desk. Please note that all personal items are subject to search upon leaving the reading room.

Information desk

The information desk is usually manned by two attendants. They will answer your questions and help you search the catalogues and fill in order forms/requisitions. They will also assign you a numbered seat in the reading room. Also located in the Information desk is the National Archives' Library.

The Reading Room

Requisitioned archival material will be delivered to your workstation in the reading room. Typical delivery time for requested materials is 15-30 minutes. Only a limited number of boxes (packages) or protocols will be delivered to you at any one time.

A large number of archival items are in use in the reading room every day. These archival items are irreplaceable and must be handled with great care. Users are expected to maintain a quiet and courteous atmosphere in the reading room. Please see Reading Room Regulations.

Our collection of microfilm, along with microfilm readers, is located in a separate area adjacent to the reading room. A number of computers with internet access are also available there for public use.

Researcher's Rooms

Researchers working on major projects that require use of archival material over several months may apply to be allocated a study room connected to the reading room.