Watch 1200 movies online from the Norwegian library for free

Filmoteket gives anyone with a Norwegian library card the opportunity to borrow and watch movies from the internet. Here there is a selection of children's and youth films, as well as entertainment, TV series, and documentaries for all ages. The offer costs nothing as it is part of the libraries' lending services.

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Filmoteket has a lot in common with other online streaming services. Here you will find films, series, and documentaries suitable for both children and adults. The service is completely free of cost and advertising and only requires that you log in with a library card.

However, there are some limitations in the number of films and series you can borrow per month. This is determined by the library you belong to, and you have 48 hours to finish watching the borrowed product.

After registration, you can watch films and documentaries as long as you have access to the internet. The films can be watched on tablets and mobile as well as browsers on PC/Mac. The service also works in conjunction with Chromecast and Apple Airplay so that you can watch the movie on the TV screen.

It is easy to find the right film for the desired age group.  The collection can be separated based on the age limit received from the Media Authority (Medietilsynet), year of production, or genre. You can also search for specific titles in the search bar at the top of the page.

“The films are wide-ranging and include feature films, documentaries, series, and some short films. There are many films for children, adolescents, as well as adults and seniors. The catalog and service are a supplement and not a competitor to the large, international commercial streaming services,” says Anders Koppang-Grønn, General Manager of Norgesfilm AS, which has developed the service, in close cooperation with the libraries themselves.

Filmoteket has an editorial team that carefully selects content to be available to the public.

“The films are Norwegian, Nordic, and from all corners and parts of the world, and the catalog is built with a focus on quality, diversity, timeliness, and versatility in accordance with the libraries’ mandate. All films are handpicked by the editors of Norgesfilm and in close cooperation with librarians from all over the country. Of course, all the films have an age limit that follows guidelines from the Norwegian Media Authority and Norwegian subtitles,” explains Koppang-Grønn.

“And in terms of parental control and child suitability, the service does not have films with an age limit above 15 years.  There is also a built-in control function that means that the borrower cannot borrow films if the registered age of the cardholder is below the age limit,” Koppang-Green points out.

On the list of titles for children, one can find, for example, Knerten, Pippi, Pjusken, Elias, Hakkebakkeskogen, Karsten and Petra, Paddington, and more. By clicking on “children” in the genre selection, you instantly get to these children’s films.

All films have Norwegian subtitles that can be turned on or off if needed.

In addition, you can read film information about each title, such as ratings given by the film rating service IMDB, reviews of the film, and promotional trailers.

To get started with the service:

  1. Create a new user at Filmoteket by entering the library card number and PIN.
  2. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can retrieve this again on Library Search.
  3. If you do not have a library card, you can create this here.
  4. Then just log in with your username and password and select “Play film” on the desired title to borrow this.
  5. Set the language by tapping the flag in the top corner of the webpage.

Please note that this service is intended for private use. For schools, please refer to the Film Room.

(Translated from Norwegian by Ratan Samadder)