Oslo’s highly anticipated Deichman Bjørvika central library, which is located close by the opera house, is now open to the public.

Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem, the five-story building contains space for 450,000 books folded over an enormous, top-lit room that links the floors and splits them into smaller sections.

Named after Carl Deichman, whose collection of books gave a start to the library back in 1785, Deichman Bjørvika is situated on Oslo’s waterfront close by the opera house.

The library is configured vertically, with a movie theater and 200-seat auditorium in the basement floor, along with a bistro, café and bookstore on the ground floor.

Reading rooms are located on the top floor, along with the Future Library art project.