The library belongs to the Directorate of Fisheries and has as its primary task to deliver library services to the directorate, to the Institute of Marine Research and to NIFES
The library is partner of BIBSYS, the common catalogue for more than one hundred Norwegian research libraries as well as being part of other national networks, European networks (like EURASLIC and international networks (like IAMSLIC).
The library has as one of its ongoing projects to build an institutional repository for the Institute of Marine Research. The name of the repository is Brage. Brage is still in its beta version. The full version will be launched this spring and then the fulltext documents will be searchable from the Norwegian harvester NORA and from the international marine harvester AVANO.
The library is also national input centre for Norway to the international database ASFA, which is a cooperative effort between the FAO fisheries department, other subdivisions of the UN and 55 national responsive centers (input centres).