Delayed Oslo Public Library gets March 2020 opening date

The opening date for the new main library in Oslo has been announced

Delayed Oslo Public Library gets March 2020 opening date
A preview of the new Deichman Library in Bjørvika. Photo: Jo Straube, Deichman

The new library in the Bjørvika neighbourhood will open on March 28, news wire NTB reports.

Two million visitors are expected annually when the 19,600-square-foot building opens at the end of a building process that has lasted over ten years.

Officially named Deichman Library, Oslo Public Library is the municipal public library serving the city and is one of Norway’s oldest libraries.

The new premises have been listed on the Norwegian public libraries’ website as Deichman Bjørvika.

The Deichman institution runs 23 libraries around Oslo.

The old Oslo Public Library, which has been at Hammersborg since 1933, will be closed and its books moved to the new site at Bjørvika in time for opening.

The facilities were initially scheduled for opening in 2016, but major water leaks during construction delayed the process.

That has also resulted in construction costs increasing by half a billion kroner. The new library has cost a total of 2.5 billion kroner.

“We have been waiting a long time for this. We have wanted new premises for 30 years and this building has been planned for 10 years,” Oslo Public Library Director Knut Skansen told media including NRK on Thursday.

“This will be something completely different from a traditional library. We are particularly focusing on the digital,” Skansen added.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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