Archives, libraries and museums
Ministry of Culture and Equality maintains the overall national responsibility for archives, libraries and museums.
All government agencies are required to archive documents used when carrying out their duty. The archives secure its documents as sources of information for the future.
The library system in Norway includes public libraries, county libraries, school libraries, public and private academic and research libraries, the library of talking books and braille (NLB) and the National Library.
Museums and cultural heritage
Our museums interpret the development of our society, the self-esteem of our nation and our shared standards of democracy and freedom of expression. Museums are the foundations on which our democracy rests, in that they are part of the essential infrastructure that allows us to exercise our democratic rights and our freedom of speech. Museum policy is therefore at the heart of our shared culture. In the past, our museums had an important role to play as the young Norwegian nation sought to build its own identity. Their role is just as important today as we grapple with shaping our current understanding of ourselves – who we have been, who we are, and who we aspire to be.