University of Bergen Library

Fine Art and Design Library

Møllendalsveien 61, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

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New books in the library
(updated 26 February 2024)



Students and employees have free access to e-books at the University of Bergen Library.
Working from home? See also Access off campus

See guidance from UBB on how to use e-books. You must be connected to the UiB-net to read or download e-books. On campus you are automatically connected, but if you are working from home you must be connected via VPN. Before downloading an e-book, you must create a (free) personal user account on the e-book suppliers platform. Normally you can borrow (download) an e-book for 2 weeks. You may also print out pages or chapters from the e-book.  

Artists' books and zines

The UBBKD library is collecting artists' books and zines that can be studied in the library

Artists' books, Fine Art and Design Library
Artists' books, UBBKD

The Book as Instrument
Artists' books, UBBKD

The Artists' Books collection at the Fine Art and Design Library |
Books about Artists' Books

Folder (PDF) | How to proceed if you have an artist book or zine to sell to the library

Artists' Books Online | "Artists' Books Online is designed to promote critical engagement with artists books and to provide access to a digital repository of metadata, scans, and commentary" 

Bergen Art Book Fair | Bergen Zines

Boekie Woekie (Amsterdam) | "Since it first was launched in the year 2000, this web site has remained basically the same. We just added to or took off it, or renewed where and when necessary" 

Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UK | "Artists' books have emerged as an energetic contemporary artform over the last forty years" | Newsletter

Book Works (London) | "Established in 1984, Book Works is an art commissioning organisation specialising in artists' books, spoken word and printed matter" 

New York Art Book Fair

Printed Matter (New York) | "Printed Matter is the world''s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists"

The library has recently got a digital copy of Arabesk 8 by Randi Annie Strand. The digital version of this artists' book is available for students and staff at the UiB. (Use VPN-connexion if you work from home). Ask us if you wish to see the physical version in the library.

Journals and newspapers in the library

The library provides more than 100 current printed journals. Sit down in one of the comfortable green chairs and read the latest edition - or borrow older editions with you home. The loan period is 2 weeks. The printed newspapers are in Norwegian and Danish only, but students and staff may read international digital newspapers in PressReader. Suggestion: Connect to UiB via VPN and download the PressReader app.

Be sure to use disinfectants before reading newspapers or journals in the library. Restrictions may come depending on the situation.

Journals UBBKD
Fine Art and Design, University of Bergen Library

Electronic resources and databases

The University of Bergen Library (UBB) provide access to exhaustive electronic resources. The most current for fine art and design can be found in  Oria (category: Fine art, music and design). 

To read, listen to or download digital documents you have to be connected to the UiB-net. Staff and students have access to the electronic resources off-campus by means of UiB Feide-id via VPN
See this page on using a private computer


Guidance from UBB on how to use e-books | Inside UiB: install Adobe Digital Editions (for Win7 and Win10) from Software Center | Outside UiB: Download Adobe Digital Editions to read the e-books on laptop or desktop | Find the free Bluefire Reader in App / Play store if you are using an iPad, iPhone or Android device.

See our Oria guide and learn how to search, find and request documents in Oria. 

See also the page Digital library collections and services


Through Oria you can look up high quality journals in electronic format. For instance:

Leonardo | "Leonardo, founded in 1968, has become an international channel of communication for artists who use science and developing technologies in their work" | Leonardo Music Journal | "The companion annual journal, Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ) features the latest in music, multimedia art, sound science and technology"

Design Issues | "The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. Regular features include theoretical and critical articles by professional and scholarly contributors, extensive book and exhibition reviews, and visual sequences"

Film and video online


Alexander Street
Alexander Street Press is an electronic academic database publisher

Alexander Street Press is an electronic academic database publisher. Their streaming video subscription for libraries 'Academic Video Online' delivers more than 66,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject area. Follow the link below and you will find 132 channels on various topics. The channel Art and Architecture in Video provides 614 videos. Please browse and you will also find Silent Film Online with 526 videos, the Icarus Films Collection with 126 videos, LGBT Studies in Video with 363 videos and a lot more. You logon automatic via IP at campus, or you can logon via VPN outside campus. You may also cast it from a computer to a television screen (w/ chromecast e.g.). To see videos marked 'sample' you should create an individual account in addition and this will give you access to that video for 24 hours

Alexander Street | Guide for using a private computer


Art21 | "Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time"

Louisiana Channel | "Videos on the arts, featuring the artists ... Art, Literature, Music, Architecture, Design"

Open Culture | "Watch 1,150 movies free online. Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors"

TATE | More than 5,000: "Video and audio on art and artists"

Ubu Web | "Avantgarde art film & video. The following films are presented for educational and non-commercial use only. All copyrights belong to the artists"

Video Data Bank TV | "Launched in 2015, VDB TV is an innovative digital distribution project which provides free, online streaming access to curated programs of video and media art. Sourced from the historically significant archives of the Video Data Bank, VDB TV includes work from early video pioneers active in the 1960s and 70s, through to emerging contemporary artists"

Videokunstarkivet (The video Art Archive) | Videokunstarkivet contains video works of all shapes and genres, which are produced in Norway or with a connection to Norway from the 1960s and up to today. The archive will in the near future be part of The National Library of Norway.

Videokunstarkivet is updated continuously and contains today over 2500 registered works of more than 500 artists and artist groups. Of the registred works bbout 800 are available for online viewing and potential download.

Image databases

The University of Bergen Library provides access to this huge scholarly image resource

ArtStor | "The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates"

In addition to the institutional login (automatically within the university network or by EZproxy) an individual account must be made to take advantage of all features. This is to be done by yourself in ArtStor.

Marcus is the University of Bergen's own image collection. It is one of Norways largest collections of images and archives from photographers, collectors and private donors. It consists of about 500,000 photographic images.

Find more electronic image resources at Art History at the University Library

KHiB/KMD Research fellows critical reflections

Up until Bergen Academy of Art and Design became a part of the University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, the institution offered education at doctorate level through the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. Particular for the fellowship programme  is that the process and production of art, music and design is at the core of the fellow's projects. From 2017 this work will continue at the faculty, where The Grieg Academy form the Institute of Music | Research Fellows at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Eirik Vasenden: What is critical reflection? A question concerning artistic research, genre and the exercise of making narratives about one's own work | Nina Malterud: Artistic research - necessary and challenging




Reading Out Loud


Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes)


Frozen Moments in Motion : An Artistic Research on Digital Comics


Reflective Roaming - Design, ubiquitous fantasy, everyday reality






Confessions of an Online Stalker [Print version, pdf] | Confessions of an Online Stalker [Screen version, pdf] (Critical reflection on a 3-year research titled Future Guides: From Information to Home)


SKYVELÆRE : Critical Reflection on Artistic Results of a Fellowship Project in Artistic Research 


LOOKING FOR PAINTING : Kritisk refleksjon over kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid 


15.07.2006 - 21.04.1976 - 19.01.2012 : A Collection of Writings as a Critical Reflection on an Artistic Research | Videokapittel 


kontentum : återblick, omformulering, dokument 


SECOND HAND STORIES - r e f l e c t i o n s o n t h e p r o j e c t 


Identitetsdesign for geografisk avgrensa område


Sound - Space - Body : Reflections on Artistic Practice

Master theses in the library

From 2016 some digital master theses can be found in BORA (Bergen Open Research Archive).

The library has a physical collection of printed master theses (from 1988-2005: hovedoppgaver) between 1988-2016.
Here are links to these documents in the Library Catalogue:

Master Design (2006- ) | Master Art (2006- )

Hovedoppgaver Photography (1996-2005)

Hovedoppgaver Printmaking (1988-2004)

Hovedoppgaver Ceramics (1988-2006)

Hovedoppgaver (Interior architecture and) Furniture design (1988-2004)

Hovedoppgaver Textile (1988-2005)

Hovedoppgaver Visual Communication (1998-2005)


Contemporary Art Daily | "A Daily Journal of International Exhibitions ... Contemporary Art Group is the organization that produces Contemporary Art Daily, Contemporary Art Venues and Contemporary Art Quarterly." 

e-flux | "Established in January 1999 in New York, e-flux is an international network which reaches more than 90,000 visual art professionals on a daily basis through its website, e-mail list and special projects. Its news digest - e-flux announcements - distributes information on some of the world's most important contemporary art exhibitions, publications and symposia." 

Getty Research Institute | Union List of Artist Names® Online | Art & Architecture Thesaurus® Online | Cultural Objects Name Authority® Online | Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® Online | "Mission Statement; The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs," About the Getty Research Institute

Material District | "MaterialDistrict is the world’s leading match-making platform in the field of innovative materials. MaterialDistrict’s value as a high-end materials inspiration source is clear:  R&D- and design professionals of all industries are using our platform to discover new material solutions."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : digitized collection (approx. 440,000 records) | Terms of use

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) | Online exhibitions since 1929

Monoskop Log  | "Monoskop Log. Writings on arts, culture and media technology is an educational free access online resource for learners in media arts and culture, started in February 2009." 

Naxos Music Library | More than  2,3 million tracks spanning classical music, jazz, blues, popoluar music and folk music. Access for staff and students at UiB.

Open Culture | "Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it."

For example: Download 36 Dadaist Magazines from the The Digital Dada Archive (Plus Other Avant-Garde Books, Leaflets & Ephemera) | Two Million Wondrous Nature Illustrations Put Online by The Biodiversity Heritage Library | 25 Million Images From 14 Art Institutions to Be Digitized & Put Online In One Huge Scholarly Archive | The Art Institute of Chicago Puts 44,000+ Works of Art Online: View Them in High Resolution | 3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks Are Now Online, Presenting His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931) | When Steve Jobs Taught Andy Warhol to Make Art on the Very First Macintosh (1984) 

... and much more!

Research Catalogue, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen | An international database for Artistic Research

The Ritman Library (Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica) : Hermetically Open | Digitization project | "The Hermetically Open project is an initiative of Esther Ritman, director of The Ritman Library, which has been set up to share the contents of the library and its field of thought online and make it more accessible to all."

The Serving Library | "The Serving Library is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to develop a shared toolkit for general arts education and discourse through related activities of publishing and collecting. It comprises an annual journal published both online and in print, a public program of events and workshops, and an archive of (mostly) framed objects on permanent display."

Typo International Design Talks (video lectures) | Typo archive | "TYPO conference speakers are innovative designers, professors, marketing experts, scientists, artists, journalists and much more. They present and discuss diverse approaches in the fields of communication and design. TYPO inspires, offers insights and experiments, encourages the exchange of knowledge and is a creative playground for communication professionals." 

UbuWeb | "It's amazing to me that UbuWeb, after fifteen years, is still going. Run with no money, Ubu has succeeded by breaking all the rules, by going about things the wrong way. UbuWeb can be construed as the Robin Hood of the avant-garde, but instead of taking from one and giving to the other, we feel that in the end, we're giving to all." | About UbuWeb

VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research | "VIS is a new digital journal about Artistic Research in the Nordic region. The journal is the result of a cooperation between Stockholm University of the Arts and Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The purpose of the journal is to serve as a basic source of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn and immerse themselves in artistic research in the Nordic region. VIS website was released 9 April 2018 together with the first Issue – 0. Issue 1 will be released in January 2019"

Wiki Book sources | Search in libraries and book stores around the globe by means of ISBN numbers

Audio guide to the library : Words Images Thoughts Objects

Words Images Thoughts Objects is an art project and a site specific audio guide made by Vilde Salhus Røed for the Fine Art and Design Library, the University of Bergen Library. The audio guide takes you around in the library, with Dewey Decimal Classification System as framework, and with Vilde’s personal experiences, associations and fields of interest as point of departure. 
The problem of structuring and classifying all knowledge. How to classify that which by definition is in the forefront? i.e.: The art as avant-garde. What is the relationship between art education’s integrity and academization? The art library as a lens to look at art history. The materiality of art is inevitable. How does the physical book relate to digitization? What does digital and physical relocation do to the books, the library and how we use it?
The audio guide consists of 10 chapters, most of which are audio tracks and a few are video tracks. You can choose to hear as many chapters as you want, and maybe some more another time you visit the library. While listening to the guide, you can choose to pause at any time, for example, if you need more time to find that place or the book it's being talked about.
iPads with the audio guide are available for use in the library, and it is recommended that you use these. If you want to use your own smartphone, tablet or other, make sure it does not go to sleep. You can download search for the app Words Images Thoughts Objects on App Store and Google Play, or download it directly from here:
For iOS at App Store: 
For Android at Google Play: 
Manuscript: Vilde Salhus Røed
Manuscript consultation: Julie Lillelien Porter/Lydgalleriet
English translation: Julie Lillelien Porter
Narrator: Vilde Salhus Røed
Other voices, in order of appearance: Christian Christiansen, Ragnhild Ingedatter Gjøen, Mattias Arvastsson, Elise Alexandersson, Klara Sofie Ludvigsen, Sandra Perez Møystad
Book covering: Aurora Solberg
Sound recordings: Vilde Salhus Røed
Sound editing: Thorolf Thuestad, Vilde Salhus Røed
Video recordings: Mattias Arvastsson
Video from youtube.com: «A Voyage on the North Sea» by Marcel Broodthaers (London 1974)
Video editing: Mattias Arvastsson, Vilde Salhus Røed
App design and programming: Stian Remvik
Thanks to Sigrun Ask, Trond Søbstad, Aurora Solberg, Klara Sofie Ludvigsen and Kari Fauskanger at the Fine Art and Design Library, the University of Bergen Library, Lars Ove Toft and BEK - Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, Stephan Meidell, and Davide Bertolini at the Grieg Academy – Department for Music, the University of Bergen.
The project has been realized with kind support from The Audio and Visual Fund, Arts Council Norway, Bergen Municipality and Hordaland County.
Words Images Thoughts Objects is an art project made by Vilde Salhus Røed (2017)