Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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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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  • I happened upone this while I was wandering around city center, and it was pouring down rain. I stopped in to get out of the rain and really enjoyed spending some quiet time there. Interesting histori...  more »
  • superb collection Amsterdam books. Furthermore, a very good restaurant where you have very nice view over amsterdam
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  • It is the best place to sit and read a book. One can browse information through books an CD as it has a good collection nicely arranged. As I believe that a book is a persons best companion so one is ...  more »
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  • Beautiful library with lots of reading and study areas and a truly special children's area. The rooftop restaurant and terrace have nice views of the city and an impressive selection of fresh juices.
  • I used to come here very often to study for exams, to meet up with project groups or when I felt like escaping the busy city center. This library has many nice study spots/corners and the view is stunning! The location is great too, because it's near Amsterdam Central Station. OBA has two restaurants; one restaurant with a panorama view on the 7th floor (La Place) and also an Italian restaurant near the entrance. Note that it's always super busy during exam periods!
  • Love this library! Just teenagers never stop talking... is it normal thing in netherlands?
  • Balcony has a fantastic view of the city. Great modern library, awesome restaurant on the bottom floor. Toilet facilities clean
  • Beautiful, futuristic library with very comfy spots for reading and resting. Explore all floors, it's worth it!

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