Records created in public administration bodies are subject to the provisions of the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act. This act lays down the main rule that the public shall have access to archival material. The only exception is confidential information.
The National Archives of Norway follow the provisions of the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act for archival material. Hence, the main rule means that, in principle, all the archival material kept by the institutions of the National Archives of Norway is freely accessible to anyone. In practice, this means that users may borrow the material for use in the archive's reading room in conformity with the applicable guidelines for protection against undue wear and tear and potential damage. Another condition is that information found in the archives may not be used for demeaning or degrading purposes.