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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun, unique library with some surprises inside for visitors. Upon entering, you notice the artistic lighting, which gives you the idea that this is not your typical library. There are many floors to this library. An escalator takes you up level after...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Andrea V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Too busy! The library is busier than a coffee shop on a Sunday. Wifi is free in the bar area on "ground level" (which is not wheelchair accessible as far as I can see, as it is up a couple of stairs), but on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank w79b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located a few minutes away from central station in Oud Zuid („eastern part“), you‘ll find a fine, white building close to the water: This is the central city library, which is open to students, book worms and the general public. There are reading areas, play...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MarlonC324
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I envy Dutch students. If I had such library as this one, I think I would have studied more when I was student. The location is a little bit offy, but the library has everything you need in one spot. And the building itself is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank neias
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was recommended to us by the owner of our B&B. He was spot on - good food at a good price. The downside was that the terrace was closed. It was dry and cold with no wind and we wanted to take photos, which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank allanf556
Reviewed 10 December 2018

The library itself is cool to see, but maybe not much of a reason to stop on its own. However, if you are in the area anyways around lunch, it has a nice restaurant on the top story with an excellent view, and that makes...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Erin K
Reviewed 11 November 2018

We had about an hour to spend between dinner & our tour of the Anne Frank Haus, so going to the Openbare Bibliotheek was a perfect choice. We enjoyed a coffee while perusing the wide variety of magazines. Even for us non-Dutch speakers, we could...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BaliloverNewYork
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

It is so beautiful and there is a seesight on the last floor. It is a library of my dreams! Cozy places to study and read a book. There is a nice coffe and wifi, clean bathroons and free and easy entrance. Simply awesome! A...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cristiane S
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Read in my guide book that this modern building has one of the best views of Amsterdam in the city from its restaurant terrace so had to give it a go. The highlight for me was the children’s department in the basement, a blueprint for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ClareM2227
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Not well known it seems by many tourists, the top floor restaurant serves good food and provides excellent views over the city

Date of experience: October 2018
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