Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Amsterdam

(4.6/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
The largest of the capital city's public libraries, Openbare Bibliotheek 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. Use our Amsterdam vacation generator to add Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and other attractions to your Amsterdam vacation plans.
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  • We were told the rooftop cafe (7th floor) was well worth a visit. Serving fresh food at reasonable prices and with great views. We were not disappointed. Cant really say much about the library itself ...  more »
  • To be honest this wasn't on my list of things to do originally, we only wound up here because it was cold and windy. However there are plenty of areas with comfortable chairs to read, and several floo...  more »
  • The silence that reigns within obviously makes the place even more fascinating. Modern, spacious, bright and relaxing. Attention to every corner, every department. Great lìarea for children. Kristina the idea of corner magazines and quuotidiani!!! It is worth dwelling a half-hour to visit it!
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  • Very nice and spacious library. There is also piano at the grand floor that you can play. Also a lot of music disks that you can listen to. The library card is very cheap and you can borrow books with the card. Like it a lot!!
  • This is an amazing space which I would love to spend time in - the various areas a beautifully organised. Since we're not locals nor a Dutch speakers we made our way to the top floor where the café is located. A great selection of food to sample while enjoying the view. I would avoid the coffee as it is made with an automated machine which serves the coffee or hot chocolate at an insanely hot temperature. You could opt for soft drinks, juices, beers or wine.
  • Very big modern library, always plenty of space to sit as well! And the view is absolutely gorgeous when you sit in front of the windows facing south (With the stairs to your back) Please note that wifi here is not free if you do not have an OBA subscription, you will actually have to pay for it (around 2 euros an hour) The last floor you have a restaurant where you can buy about anything (la place)
  • Good place to work, great view, huge book selection. Wifi is €20/year, a library card good for 50 books is €35/year and works at any OBA. The NL Plein (5th floor, in the front) is a great resource for anyone trying to learn Dutch, and has textbooks, short stories with simple vocabulary, and books for self-study.
  • lovely modern library with some good food inside. Sadly the cuts last years made it a less public plac. no free use of computers, overcomplicated log in procedures and a lot of bureaucracy. Always felt proud to be a member, now i think about terminating my membership.