This following article appears in the latest issue of Scandinavian Libraries.
In 2011, the National Library of Norway launched a new digital newspaper service (www.nb.no/aviser). The service is free of charge, and all Norwegian libraries can access the newspapers with which the National Library has an agreement. Since the autumn of 2006, the National Library has collaborated with a number of Norwegian newspapers on digitization and digital submission. New newspapers are submitted to the National Library in a high quality digital format, while the National Library and the newspapers share the costs involved in digitizing the older issues.
Under the collaboration agreement with the newspapers, the National Library will have the opportunity to make all digital copies of the newspapers accessible in Norwegian libraries. Newspapers that are out of copyright can be read by everybody.
The National Library has a near complete collection of all Norwegian newspapers. Its volume has been estimated at approximately five million copies from a total of nearly 1 200 individual newspapers. In total, this amounts to approximately 70 million pages.
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