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.

The Norwegian Polar Institute Library is open to the public and you are welcome to visit and use the collections.

You can borrow our books by visiting our library in Tromsø. For loans elsewhere, ask for an interlibrary loan at your local library.

There are some limitations:

  • 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  • Diaries and other unpublished material are not available for loan, but copies can usually be ordered.