The Norwegian Polar Institute Library is open to the public and you are welcome to visit and use the collections. Our core task, however, is to be a research library for the staff of the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Fram Centre.

The Norwegian Polar Institute Library

The Norwegian Polar Institute Library. Photo: Fred Inge Presteng

The library holds a collection of more than 15,000 book volumes, focusing on the polar areas.

A major part of the collection consists of documents about Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and the exploration history of these regions. The second main focus is on modern scientific literature that pertains to the polar areas.

Historical archives and collections

Publications archive

The library holds about 5000 journals, most of which are online subscriptions. All our books and journals are registered in the Bibsys database, a catalog for Norwegian research and university libraries.


Visiting our library in Tromsø you may borrow books from us. For loans elsewhere, ask for an interlibrary loan at your local library.


  • Books published before 1900 (or other rare / fragile material) are not loaned
  • Diaries and other unpublished material are not available for loan, but copies can usually be ordered.
  • Books are not sent on loan to individual users.