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Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam Public Library)

  • Oosterdokskade 143 Map It
  • Oosterdok
  • Library/Archive

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's 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 large 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. You can make yourself comfortable in the designer furniture and peruse a mind-boggling international magazine collection. With 1,000 desks, many of them with PCs connected to the Internet, you can study and surf in peace–-for free if you're a member or for €1 per half hour. The seventh-floor restaurant La Place has an outside terrace with a spectacular view over the city. Another bonus is that the Amsterdam Conservatory is right next door, with free recitals regularly given by students.

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Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1011 DL, Netherlands

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  • Daily 10–10

Published 11/18/2015


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