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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)
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Amsterdam Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path
Ranked #14 of 525 things to do in Amsterdam
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Roddy66
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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, was very poor. A few smoothies and a few plain croissants were available, but most of the serving areas were empty. We were told it was because breakfast was over, despite reading online the library opens at 10:00am. Wouldn't really recommend this library to travellers as there are far more interesting places to visit in Amsterdam.

Thank Tori T
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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, city and read a book or listen to music. It also has a hall on 7th floor. There are elevators, escalators & is wheelchair friendly. They also publish a paper to share updates. Renovation is in progress these days.

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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 books and media in different subjects. The main floor (entrance) is a wonderful space especially designed for kids, with bookshelves designed in circular manner, so that children feel inside small homes with walls full of books. I personally loved the piano placed in the main floor, available for anyone to play, as long you are able to make music, not noise. I took advantage of it and I spent about 20 minutes playing a few pieces by Claude Bowling, Chopin, and Yann Tiersen. It was a fantastic experience to be able to play a piano within such a woderful library! I also explored several floors and noticed a complete floor devoted to music, that houses thousands of music scores, as well as silent pianos (pianos with headphones), shoes of dancers, and other items, not just books and sheet music. Finally, I took the scalator to the upper level and felt envious of the readers who quietly read or simply meditate in front of the large windows that give you access to dream-like sights of the channels and streets of Amsterdam. I could not avoid to have a sit and enjoy myself such a wonderful time, observing other readers, staring in amazement towards the city, and taking photographs. In short, visiting Amsterdam Public Library (for free!) is a much better attraction than wasting your time and your enrgies among the masses that suffocate you in the more touristic areas of the city.

Thank grehz2017
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