First impressions at NTNU

Site visits have started in Trondheim, Norway. What an excellent place and time to start!

Our first site is the NTNU and HiST medical and health library (BMH) where we began the week by making a schedule for the week with several appointments with some key persons.

As the BMH is brand new, and we all are very interested in library space planning, we took an extensive tour in the modern library. That gave the visiting members of the group many very useful tips about e.g. furniture and lightning.


Karen’s office with luxury Capisco chair and collection of conference badges.


View from third floor down to the desk at second floor.


Library class room with adjustable and movable teacher’s desk and smart board.

Chair testing

Student reading room with multifunctional chair.

Chair test

Testing chairs.

Under desk

Benchmarking and photographing RFID equipment.

Sofa area

Student reading comfortably.


Area for studying and group working in the BMH library.

Studying area equipped with anatomy material

Studying area equipped with anatomy material.


Library service desk

Entrance area

Multipurpose entrance area with new books and sofa group.


BMH library has a lot of light.

Group work room

There are 12 group work rooms in the library. Five of them are accessible 24/7.


Third floor east wing, area for studying and book collection.


Orakel = Oracle. They have been providing ICT support to library users for 51 years already.

Various library materials

Various library materials: games, videos, textbooks.

Sofa corner

Library offers comfortable areas with sofas and armchairs.

Quiet area with comfortable chairs.

Comfortable chairs for quiet reading.

Area for group work with two group work rooms behind.

Area for group work with two group work rooms behind.

Another way to arrange an area for group work.

Another way to arrange an area for group work.

View from the Knowledge Center elevator.

View from the Knowledge Center elevator.

We then discussed the information literacy training — courses, lectures and user support — in BMH with Senior Research Librarian Jan Ove Rein, and got a good picture of how it is organized and conducted for both the faculty and the hospital.

Marketing library and its services is also an interesting topic for us all. In BMH marketing — thanks to Karina K. Bjørkedal — is professional and effective. We were unanimous that it is important that the library staff goes to the customer, and is visible also in places out of the library, such as faculty meetings.