Find literature and resources
HVL students and staff have access to numerous information resources, physical as well as digital. The digital resources are easily accessible when you are off-campus.
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 are searching is on loan, you can log on to Oria (using your "Feide ID") to make a reservation request.
When you search in Oria via HVL Library, you search in HVL's own collections. You can also make a search in all "Norwegian Academic Libraries". If you order a book that is not in our own collections, we will borrow it from another library. If you cannot find the book you are looking for in Oria, please use the form "Can't find it?"
If you do not find the book you are looking for, you can also send us a purchase request.
If you need articles on a specific subject, you may start your search in Oria, but preferably you should use one of the article databases. You can also search for articles in Google Scholar.
See Browzine if you want to search for a journal.
In Libkey, you can search with DOI for an article and get a link to the full text. DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier and is a standard for reliable identification of an electronic document.
Printed newspapers are available at your campus library.
Norwegian newspapers are also digitally available at:
Atekst gives you full text access to most current Norwegian newspapers.
The National Library
The national Library's digital newspaper service provides access to older digitized newspapers. Ask for access at the information desk.
You will find hardback dictionaries in all the campus libraries.
Online you have access to Ordnett, which covers several languages and includes the Oxford Dictionary of English.
Bachelor's and Master's Theses
You will find bachelor's and master's theses in HVL's institutional repository HVL Open (link to publications in the English language - limit the result list by choosing Bachelor or Master thesis).
Master's theses are also searchable in Oria.
Master's theses are published at all campuses. Bachelor's theses are published at the following campuses: Haugesund, Stord, Sogndal and Førde.
Technical standards are available electronically and/or in print.
If you need a standard, check first whether it is available via HVL's subscription to standard.no. If you cannot find your preferred standard here, try to make a search in Oria - the standard might be available at the library in a physical format. Please contact us if you need to order a standard that we do not have access to.
All the standards that we subscribe to are available to students and staff for priting, but within a certain quota. If the print quota is already spent, the standard remains available electronically. It will also be possible to print the standard for a discouted fee (70%). See more at standard.no ("Message from your local administrator", in Norwegian only) or contact the library.
Standard.no also offers student subscription at an affordable price. The student subscription gives you access to all NS, IEC, ISO and NEK standards.
Use Adobe Acrobat Reader for accessing the standards in PDF format. Internet Explorer is recommended as browser for standards. More information can be found at standard.no ("Opening the document").
See also the library's overview of other standards and regulations.
Images to use in my assignment
If you want to use other people's pictures in your assignment, you will need obtain their permission to use the image, unless they have authorized free use of the image in advance.
As a HVL student you can freely use images from the image database Britannica Image Quest. Every image contains information about its source and a pre-made reference in the APA and several other citation styles. You will need to create an account in order to bookmark images without downloading them. Britannica's quick tour guides you through the database.
You can also find images that are freely available for reuse in Creative Commons Search, or you can search in Google for pictures that have been marked “Labeled for reuse”.
New books in the library