NasjonalbiblioteketPersonally I find books nicer and more comfortable to read in its traditional format, but I suppose for the sake of convenience and also for the sake of saving paper, going the digital route is understandable. If you’re a fan of digital books and/or magazines, you might be interested to learn that just like the UK and Finland, Norway has undertaken efforts to begin digitizing its entire library collection, an effort which is expected to take 20 to 30 years to complete.

By doing so, the National Library of Norway will be able to make all sorts of books in its collection searchable and available to read online. The books will range from more recent titles, to even materials that dates back to the Middle Ages, which we reckon will probably need to be handled with the utmost care, which is why it’s a good thing that it will be getting a digital backup as well. The library currently owns equipment which will allow for this and will be adding metadata and storing it in a database that makes it easy for retrieval.

However there is one caveat and that is anyone from Norway, or with a Norway IP address, will be able to access said copyrighted material. The effort began in 2006 and is expected to be completed in the mid 20202s.

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