Employees found book treasures at Deichman that anyone could borrow

libraryOslo.Young man on the Deichmanske library. Sit and look on an ipad.. Photo: Thomas Brun / NTB scanpix

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During the clean-up of the old Deichman library in Oslo, employees found books worth NOK 100,000 that everyone could borrow. On Monday next week, the library closes its doors.

Deichman in Hammersborg was opened by King Haakon 86 years ago. On Monday December 30th, at 7 p.m., the doors will be closed for good, and in March the new main library will open in Bjørvika, writes Aftenposten.

The cleanup at Deichman started four years ago. During the cleanup, staff found several rare books.

“Among other things, we have come across a series of travelogues in four volumes by Captain James Cook. These were books that were available for ordinary lending up to a few years ago, and which are now proving to have a market value of NOK 100,000,” says Knut Skansen, Director of Administration at Deichman, to the newspaper.

During the clean-up, they also came across a British volume with hand-colored flora from the 18th century as well as the original drawings of the Eiffel Tower which the municipality of Paris must have given to the municipality of Oslo.

On January 6th the first batch of books goes to Bjørvika. Deichman goes on sale during the first quarter of 2020.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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