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Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam Public Library)

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam Public Library) Review

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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Oosterdokskade 143, Centrum, Amsterdam, 1011 DL
  • Phone: 020/523–0900
  • Hours: Daily 10–10
  • Website:
  • Location: Waterfront
Updated: 05-14-2013

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