Find literature and resources

Find databases and resources for your subject area

How do I find?


Search Oria to see if the library has the book you need. In Oria you will find both printed books and e-books.

If the book you're searching is on loan, you can log in to Oria to make a reservation request (use your student number and password).

If you do not find the book you are looking for, you can still make a request and have it sent from another library, or you can send us a purchase request.


You will find all of our e-books in Oria. From the result list, refine your search by choosing "E-books" as Resource Type.

Find more information on e-books.


If you need articles on a specific subject, you may start your search in Oria, but preferably you should choose one of the article databases. You can also search for articles in Google Scholar.

See Orias E-Journal Search or Browzine if you want to search for a journal.


You will find newspapers at your campus library.

You will also find electronic newspapers at:

Atekst gives you full text access to most Norwegian newspapers.

The National Library
Access to older digitized newspapers: National Library's digital newspaper service. Only available at the library. Ask for access at the information desk.

Reading lists

HVL's reading lists.

You will find all titles on your reading list in the libraries, including day loan copies. Contact your campus library if you cannot find your curriculum.


You will find hardback dictionaries in all the campus libraries.

Online you will find Ordnett, covering several languages, including the Oxford Dictionary of English.

You will also find the Norwegian dictionaries Bokmålsordboka and Nynorskordboka.

Complete list of all available dictionaries at HVL.

Bachelor's and Master's Theses

You will find bachelor's and master's theses in HVL's institutional repository HVL Open (link to documents in English. Limit the result list by choosing Bachelor or Master thesis).

Master's theses are also searchable in Oria.

Master's theses are published for all campuses. Bachelor's theses are published for the following campuses: Haugesund, Stord, Sogndal and Førde.

Images to use in my assignment

If you want to use other people's pictures in your assignment you will either need their permission to use the image, or the image has to have been cleared for use in advance. 

As a student with HVL you can freely use images from the image database Britannica Image Quest

Every image has information concerning the source and a premade reference in APA and several other citation styles. You will need to make an account to save the images without downloading them. Quick tour guides you through the features of the database. 

You can also find images that are legal to use in Creative Commons Search, or you can search in Google for pictures that have been marked “Labeled for reuse”.

Read more about image usage here. 

New books in the library

Send us a purchase request if you have a journal or book title you would like the library to have

Anything you miss in the library?

Suggest a book or media title for purchase.

Purchase request