FAQs

How do I rent the premises at Litteraturhuset? We accept inquiries about reservations and bookings via e-mail at utleie[at]litteraturhuset.no. Be sure to book a room well in advance and specify the desired date/period in the subject line of the e-mail. We also offer general advice and guidance on how to set up for, execute and arrange events over the phone at 22 95 55 30, where you can also get a status on capacity further ahead. Reservations and booking confirmations can only be made in writing.

How do I rent the premises at Litteraturhuset? We accept inquiries about reservations and bookings via e-mail at utleie[at]litteraturhuset.no. Be sure to book a room well in advance and specify the desired date/period in the subject line of the e-mail. We also offer general advice and guidance on how to set up for, execute and arrange events over the phone at 22 95 55 30, where you can also get a status on capacity further ahead. Reservations and booking confirmations can only be made in writing.

How much does it cost to rent a room at Litteraturhuset? The rental price depends on the room, type of arrangement, technical equipment and need for technical assistance. We have a fixed low price on a two-tiered level: Membership meetings, courses and workshops are examples of events that fall under the standard price. Events with themes within Litteraturhuset’s broad scope (literature, politics, social issues) can qualify for a discounted rental price as long as they’re open and available to the public. Get in touch for information about the event you’re planning if you have any questions about whether it falls under the standard rental price or the discounted rental price.

Is Litteraturhuset interested in paying for performances and concerts that can be shown in the building? Litteraturhuset’s goal is to allow for as many people as possible to be able to hold meetings, seminars, debates and cultural productions privately and on equal financial terms. For this reason, we don’t pay for productions, but welcome organizers to rent out our spaces and set up such productions on their own.

How long do we have access to the room we’re renting? Up to eight hours per day.

Do we need microphones for the event? For open and public events, and if forty or more people are expected in the hall, we recommend using microphones.

Do we need a technician? Events with simple technical needs don’t need to hire a technician. However, for all events in the main hall (Wergeland) the organizers must hire one of the building’s technicians. The same applies when choosing large audio packages in other rooms, streaming, wireless microphones and equipment, as well as monitors. By hiring a technician you ensure solid technical execution. Technicians invoice the organizers directly unless otherwise agreed. If you have any questions, check with our technical manager well in advance in order to ensure the best possible execution of the event!

What are the differences in the audio packages? The need for technical equipment can vary. We therefore operate with three tiers of audio packages in most rooms: basic audio package, small audio package, and large audio package. The basic package only contains a wired microphone, a projector with a canvas and PC audio. The small package contains up to four wired microphones. If you need more microphones, you’ll have to upgrade to the large package, which also contains some wireless equipment (headsets and/or handheld wireless microphones). There are also additional options that can be rented (depending on availability) if a package doesn’t meet all your needs.

Can we switch rooms or change a booking? Yes, changing a booking is no problem at all if there are vacancies in another room, even after the cancellation deadline has passed. If the room you’ve rented is too small, you can also rent an extra room and broadcast what’s happening on the main stage to a large screen in the other room. Another alternative is to stream the event, making it accessible to a larger audience than only those who came to Litteraturhuset the day of.

Can Litteraturhuset store equipment before and after the event? Litteraturhuset’s premises are frequently rented out, and there is limited storage capacity in the building. We therefore recommend that organizers bring their equipment directly to the event and take it with them again when the event is over.

Can we stream the event? Yes, we offer streaming of the event. Streaming means that the event will be available online (live or post-event), making it available to a larger audience than those who come to Litteraturhuset the day of. If streaming, you need to book a technician and will also require the availability of the necessary technical equipment.

Can we see the premises beforehand? Yes, it’s possible to visit us to take a look, but since there are often events going on in the building, it’s worthwhile to get in touch beforehand and check that the room(s) you want to see are vacant at that time.

What happens on the day of the event? The room will be fully rigged with the necessary technical needs and layout based on the booking and agreed-upon times. In the room you’ve rented, you will be met by a host or technician who will help you settle in. The organizer themselves is responsible for the event and must be present during the event.

Should the need for practical assistance arise – for example with admissions and audience management or other practical things during the event – you can hire a separate event host in advance.

What is the deadline for cancellation? We require written notice of cancellation no later than 14 days prior to the start of the event. After this deadline, you will be billed for the full price of the rental, as well as any potential cancellation fees for technicians.

How can we organize ticket sales? Organizers are free to choose the ticket supplier or ticket sales method for the event. Litteraturhus has chosen TicketCo as our ticket sales solution. If you want to sell tickets to your event, you can sign your own agreement with TicketCo and will receive a payment terminal from iZettle included in the agreement. You can then create a pre-sale online and link to ticket sales across all desired channels. If you already have an Apple device (iPhone/iPad), you have everything you need to be able to sell and validate tickets at the door on the day of the event. All equipment for sales at the door (including a ticket printer and iPad) is also available on request from Litteraturhuset. Get more information here.

Can we provide our own food and drink? No, our in-house restaurant Kafe Oslo has the only rights to serve food/drink in the building. It is of course possible for the public to purchase drinks at the bar and bring them into the rented rooms. Kafe Oslo has an extensive events menu that can be ordered and which can be adapted for various allergies. Contact them for menus and prices. They can also supply tablecloths and simple table settings for dinner parties on the premises. They also have a portable bar that can be booked with staff in a rental room. Phone 21 54 85 71 or e-mail mail[at]kafeoslo.no.

How do book sales work? The in-house bookstore Tanum Litteraturhuset has all rights to book sales, and pre-orders relevant books and sells them at the store on the ground floor. Please contact the bookstore directly if you’d like to set up book sales in connection with your event by phone at 23 69 10 80 or e-mail litteraturhuset[at]tanum.no.

How do people find their way to the event? You will find information inside the main entrance with times and rooms for all events taking place that day. This information can also be found in the stairwell. If the event starts before the cafe’s opening hours and the main entrance is closed, the audience can use the side entrance. We post information with maps on the front door.

Is Litteraturhuset handicap accessible? Litteraturhuset’s side entrance is accessible for wheelchair users. From the ground floor there is an elevator to other floors of the building and accessibility to all event rooms. See more information on accessibility here.

How do you get to Litteraturhuset? The street address is Wergelandsveien 29, on the corner by Slottsparken. The nearest T-bane stop is Nationaltheatret Station. Via tram 11 or bus 21, you can get off at the Homansbyen stop, or you can take tram 17 or 18 to Holbergs plass.

If you’re arriving in Oslo by plane, you can take the Flytoget directly to Nationaltheatret. Exit towards Henrik Ibsens vei/Drammensveien and follow Parkveien to the roundabout, where Litteraturhuset will be on the right.

Does Litteraturhuset have parking spaces that can be used for events? Litteraturhuset does not have any available parking spaces, but there is a parking lot at the intersection of Wergelandsveien/Parkveien. There are some public handicap spots at the end of Uranienborgveien towards Parkveien.

If delivering equipment/materials for events, you can temporarily (max. 15 minutes) park at the front of the building for delivery.

Does Litteraturhuset have bike parking? There is a bike rack at the side entrance of the building and one at the back. The nearest Bysykkel (city bike) racks are at Parkveien – Outside Katedralen pub and Uranienborgveien (west of Slottsparken/The Palace Park).

Can you take strollers into the building? Children and families with children are most welcome at Litteraturhuset, but due to fire regulations, strollers are not permitted inside. Strollers can be parked at the side entrance on the right side of the building, but must not block the handicap entrance.

How do you get in touch with Kafe Oslo? Phone: 21 54 85 71, e-mail: post[at]kafeoslo.no

Where are the Restrooms? Restrooms are located in the building’s basement. The HC-restroom can be found just outside our main hall, Wergeland.

How do you pronounce “Nedjma”? “Nedjma” is pronounced “Nedschma”, and means “star” in Arabic. It’s also the title of the book and the name of the protagonist in Kateb Yacine’s 1956 novel, which is central to the post-colonial literary tradition – and one of the rooms available for rent at Litteraturhuset.