Bergen Resource Centre for International Development houses one of the largest specialized collections in Norway of books and periodicals on development studies, economics, political science, anthropology, poverty, peace, conflict and development aid as well as regional studies on Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Our library includes the book collection from the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies. We also host the Mahmoud Salih Sudan Collection, which makes our collection on the Sudan one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Europe.

The Resource Centre library also provides reading space for people who would like a place to study or to use the online databases and web resources available. 

Please contact us at if you have any questions concerning our library.


Opening hours: Weekdays 09.00 – 15.00

We are closed on public holidays and for six weeks in the summer. 


Our library is open for all! 


Library resources



Find what you are looking for in all of our library resources; books, articles, journals, music, films, electronic resources and more. 


Mahmoud Salih Sudan Collection

One of the largest and most comprehensive collections on Sudan.


Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

The Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion was set up in spring 2008. Search their book collection here. This collection is also available for search i Oria.


BORA - Bergen Open Research Archive

BORA is an institutional repository. Here you will find publications by CMI, UiB, NHH and HiB in full text.



Recommended open databases 


A gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to a wide range of high quality online resources. ELDIS provides summaries and links to online documents. ELDIS offers a directory of websites, databases, library catalogues and email discussion lists.


Norwegian Research on Environment and Development

Norway service reports on publications from Norwegian researchers and development practitioners, with a focus on agricultural and environmental issues.


World Bank Data

The Data Catalog provides download access to over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sets.


OKR - Open Knowledge Respository

The World Bank's official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.