The high number of visitors to the new Deichman this summer

Oslo's main library Deichman BjørvikaOslo's main library Deichman Bjørvika(Left).Photo: Paul Kleiven / NTB scanpix

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The number of new people visiting the libraries is growing rapidly, and the new Deichman in Bjørvika, Oslo, has had very good numbers of readers since it opened this summer.

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In July and August 2019, the old main library in Hammersborg had 49,000 visitors. During the same period in 2020, the new library in Bjørvika had 387,000 visits, which is reported in a press release.

“Deichman Bjørvika has proved to be enormously popular this summer. However, in order to protect against infection, we are letting in at most a third of what the library has capacity. But we see that people in Oslo are flocking to the building,” says Knut Skansen, head of the library.

Oslo’s newly opened library was inaugurated on 18 June 2020. The volume of users at Deichman Bjørvika in July and August 2020 was also 74% higher than at the previous main library in the same period last year.

In the first months of the year, a total of 24,598 people obtained library cards in Deichman. As of 2019, the figure was 16,696.

The increase in the number of newly registered borrowers occurs despite the closure of the former Deichman Main Library in December 2019 and the closure of all libraries from mid-March to early June 2020.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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