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Norway Plans to Digitize All Books in the Library

norwaylibraryThe National Library of Norway is planning to digitize every book that exists in the Norwegian language, which includes books from the Middle Ages to the modern day.

The onus behind this move is the Norwegian Legal Deposit Act, which “requires that all published content, in all media, be deposited with the National Library of Norway.”  The vision is that the library will act as a “national memory bank by providing a multimedia knowledge centre focusing on archiving and distribution.”

Here is more from the library’s website: “In parallel with digitizing of analogue material, the National Library of Norway is working to expand the scope of publications covered by legal digital deposit legislation. The Library wishes to receive the digital source of the publication and in this way expand collection’s digital content. The digitizing programme started in 2006. It is estimated that it will take 20–30 years for the entire collection to be digitized.” (Via The Atlantic).

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