Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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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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  • In the top floor magnificad panoramic views of the city. There is elevator, which is appreciated. After days walk.
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  • A very large and very modern library. Enjoy each floor and the view of Amsterdam on the top floor.
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  • I have to say I was a little dissapointed with this library not too far from the central train station, and I have been all around the world multiple times, and every single library I have ever walked...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very big modern library, always plenty of space to sit as well! And the view is absolutely gorgeous when you sit in front of big the very big Windows. 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)
  • Very nice library. you get lost with so many spaces to hang out and read. It has a very nice view of Amsterdam
  • Beautiful and modern library. worth a visit even when you are not looking for anything. the restaurant roof-terrace (Open in summer) has a great view over the city
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