OBA Library of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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The largest of the capital city's public libraries, OBA Library of Amsterdam offers several floors of books and exhibits to explore. Though it may seem mundane to visit a library, the beautiful architecture, cafe, and other features available to the public make this one particularly noteworthy. View the two radio stations housed in this building, as well as the library's youth department, which boasts the famous Muizenhuis, a handmade dollhouse for mice built by artist Karina Schaapman. The impressive building was designed by Jo Coenen and houses nearly 2 million books. It frequently features visiting exhibits on art, literature, or design. Plan a trip to Amsterdam easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • The library has seven floors, a cafe, a restaurant, a theater, plenty of seating and computers... great way to spend a rainy day.  more »
  • Enough places and space to study in peace. Also easy to reach. I have successfully prepared many exams here and that is why this is a special place for me
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  • One of my favorite libraries in the city, sitting on the 5th floor by the window opens up beautiful views of Amsterdam! Loads of tables, private study rooms, darker/brighter areas really wide variety ...  more »
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  • Interesting building, many different books, English as well, nice children zone. The view was not as amazing as expected, but in common I’m very impressed. 5 stars and strongly recommended!
  • I'm really surprised reading opinions... 5* because of restaurant and coffee...is it this, what a library should be? Maybe it's comfortable for people who have library card, but not for someone who is in Amsterdam few days and wants to read something new... Big disappointment for me (although coffee and view is really nice).
  • Great location, view, design. Even a couple hours of work feels like a breeze, massive selection of books as well (English), with very good ones. One problem is the public computers, they're quite outdated and some don't even work.
  • Really beautiful, modern and clean place. Without a question, it is my favorite place to do work in Amsterdam and it is well-located in the city. My only complaint is that the staff do not enforce the rules strictly. For example, in the silent areas many people talk loudly and eat when that is not permitted. Staff ignores it.
  • The library of Amsterdam is 5 min walk away from the station, busy streets and Amsterdam's attractions. The toilet and wifi are free immediately at the entrance. Young children don't have to travel far and have their own floor on ground floor. Next floors are for the handwritten searchers, digital discoverers and daydreamers. The grandma next to me looks for the library card in front to see who has read it before her. My younger self turns her head side ways with me when reading the covers. Even on Saturday's it's studyrooms is full of audible concentration for the coming future. The stairs call me and bring me higher while I read along the history shown. Gerard van t Reve is celebrated and his book De avonden is a national treasure. His pen and ink writings painted a picture for me. He wrote thoughtfully about the preciousness of life in the midst of adversity. I'm reminded that books make you proud of yourself by using your mind to travel, empathise and expand your world. Comforting to let you dive into it. We grow by the legacy kept worthy in libraries. I reach the last floor to a view over Amsterdam but I've opened my mind manifolds before I reached the final step. The shimmering of the IJ water seems surreal while I think back on the Hanlo essay. Amsterdam looks familiar to the eye. Happy 100th, library of Amsterdam.
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