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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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All reviews top floor children's area mouse house great view of the city central station modern building worth a visit libraries oba escalator architecture nemo media dutch collection canal
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Reviewed 4 days ago

In the library you can find the mouse house.This is a kind of doll house but with mice in all kind of rooms.There are so many details you can look at it for hours.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bernadette V
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended by our hotel staff, and decided to visit this nearby library. Highly recommend the café with great view over the river on the top floor.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TomLee22
Reviewed 1 week ago

We’re new residents to amsterdam and this is a stunner. the kids section is generously laid out, with plenty of nooks and spaces to spend time with your books. It doesn’t seem to lack for space. Looking forward to returning to it again and again.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tania M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have not had the opportunity or have not put the time to go and visit this place; and it's a shame since it's amazing! Super cool decoration, at the upper floor there is couple of restuarants and bars, and a terrace. 7 floors to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jaimewd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going to the cafe on the top floor and looking out over the city. On a sunny, clear day it is absolutely spectacular, but even when it's overcast it is still a nice view. And it's free!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EscondidoGirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an impressive library. We visited to go to the top floor to view the city views and we were not disappointed. There are places to eat and drink on the top floor with views which can't be beaten! Very good location and good views....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 8 January 2019

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 7 January 2019

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 28 December 2018 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 20 December 2018

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
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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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