Library structure in Norway & The Multilingual Library Oddbjørn Hansen Librarian Library structure in Norway Funded by the Ministry of Culture Funded by the county Funded by the municipality • National library • Responsible for developing libraries as active and relevant institutions in the Norwegian society. • County libraries (19) • Library development in the county; advise on library matters, develop competence for librarians in the county, initiate and fund projects. • Public libraries (about 780) • Running the libraries in the municipality. Lending books and other media, organize events, provide reading rooms and free internet, hold courses for the community, and much more. • Initiate or participate in projects for developing the library. The multicultural Norway 2013 • 700.000 immigrants = 14% of the population • Substantial immigration since 2005 from EU member countries such as Lithuania, Poland and Romania • 28% of Oslo’s population have an immigrant background. In 2040 estimated to reach 47% • There are immigrants in all municipalities in Norway The Multilingual Library is a centre of expertise for multilingual library services • 13 employees from Norway, Poland, Argentina, Pakistan, Iraq, and other countries • 25 freelance staff with diverse language expertise • Collection of 130,000 books, CDs, DVDs in 47 languages What you can borrow from us • Books • Audio books • Films • Music • Language courses • Computer games Most borrowed languages from The ML in 2012 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Urdu Russian Arabic Polish Farsi Somali Spanish Vietnamese Turkish Thai Lithuanian Tamil Tigrinya Sorani Chinese Borrowing a depot Travelling exhibitions • • • • • The world of Astrid Lindgren I speak football Wedding customs around the world A journey through Islamic art Russlandia Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and co-financed by the Polish funds.