Europe's biggest public library offers a multifarious collection of information to around 5,000 visitors per day. The €75 million building (the "bieb," as locals call it), designed by architect Jo Coenen, has a big theater, seminar and conference rooms, an art space, and an extensive music library. A superb children's section is set below a terraced central lounge area. Park yourself in the comfy designer furniture and peruse a mind-boggling international magazine collection.
With 1000 desks, half of them with PCs connected to the Internet, you can study and surf in peace, for free, but only if you are a member. Others pay €1 per half hour. The seventh-floor La Place restaurant has an outside terrace with a spectacular view over the city. Amsterdam Conservatory is right next door with regular free recitals by students.