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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 0900
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Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Apart from the functionality of the building, the design is just superb - open calm space with lots of sitting areas. The location is also wonderful - in the renewed harbor area looking out into the city - just fab!

Thank AmsterdamNeil
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Based on the reviews, felt it was hyped up. The view is pretty hard to see with the barricade. There was a small cafe. Library was modern but was not impressed. Perhaps im just comparing to my country's own of similar design. Regretted travelling there....More

Thank Usha s
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

The library is very modern. There is no entrance fee. You can read books/newspapers or chill on the top floor overlooking old Amsterdam. Didn’t try the food but the drinks are amazing in the cafeteria on the top floor. On -1 are the bathrooms that...More

1  Thank mmla2016
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the library due to our family walking. We asked to visit inside and the people there were friendly and kindly permitted us to join the library. I wish my kids could live and study in a place like that.

Thank Platongr
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The top floor of this gem has a great cafeteria with beer/wine and an amazing view of old Amsterdam, and free!!!!

Thank Roddy66
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The interior architecture of the library is modern and nice, and the view from the restaurant on the top floor is good. It was fairly quiet when we went, and the library was smaller than we expected.. The selection of breakfast foods, at around 10:20am,...More

Thank Tori T
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Huge, 7 floored library right in Central Amsterdam, a quick walk from the Cetraal Station. It has a huge collection, a kids floor and LaPlace restaurant on top (7th) floor. The view from restaurant is just too good. Perfect place to look at Ij, ships,...More

1  Thank Roots2Wings
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Amsterdam tourist guides and brochures never mention this wonderful place: the public library of Amsterdam. Located a few minutes from Amsterdam Centrum, this Library is a true oasis. It is a modern building, with 5 or 6 incredibly cozy, roomy, and inviting floors devoted to...More

Thank grehz2017
Reviewed 30 August 2017

My wife and I visited here and were very impressed by the building, the layout and everything that was available to the public. On the seventh floor they also have a most wonderful restaurant with an outside terrace which has fantastic views over the city.

Thank Gerard O
Reviewed 29 August 2017

It is almost undescribable - the modern arhitectural style and almost sacral yet pleasant atmosphere which anyone can sense in this rich library. I was astonished, thinking, that any city should have a book sanctuary like this.!

Thank tajdahladnik
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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