27 million to reading in the Book Year

Grande Book Year Aslak Sira MyreMinister of Culture, Trine Skei Grande, and former Leader of Red, Aslak Sira Myhre, in front of Tøyen Bibliotek in Oslo. Photo: Nasjonalbiblioteket

27 million to reading projects in Norway in the Book Year

Next year is a Book Year, and the Norwegian National Library provides NOK 27 million towards various measures to increase the joy of reading. 15 million go to public and county libraries.


A total of 500 libraries receive support for a total of 1,500 events in the Book Year, according to a press release from the Norwegian National Library.

The National Library received applications for almost NOK 70 million towards various reading measures.

– The substantial number of applications shows that there is a great deal of interest in the book year, and great enthusiasm and creativity in promoting reading in Norway. This looks good for the book year, says Project Manager for the Book Year 2019, Liv Guldbrandsen,

Diverse allocation

Public and County libraries across the country receive NOK 15 million, while 12 million goes to reading organisations, literature institutions and others wishing to mark the book year. The projects that receive support will create interest and enthusiasm for books, literature and reading.

The plans for the Book Year 2019 were presented by the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Trine Skei Grande (Liberals), earlier this year. All in all, the National Library will allocate 30 million to events and reading projects in the book year.

– With the Book Year, we are focusing on measures that strengthen reading and the joy therefrom. Throughout 2019, events and projects will create enthusiasm and eagerness for reading across Norway. The great involvement that the National Library perceive, indicate that we are heading for an exciting book year, according to Grande.


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