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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
020 5230900
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Ranked #3 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Libraries
Traveler Description: If you are visiting Amsterdam, do not overlook the new waterside Public Library (see: ARUP - design firm). It is a 10 minutes walk from Centraal... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Not sure about the quality of books, but the architecture of this place is brilliant. Striking building. Worth a visit just to have a nosy around.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Even though this place is called a library, it is not a library. The ground floor boasts a piano that anyone walking by can sit down to and show their skills or complete lack thereof. Have you ever been to a library with a piano? Library was once for reading, reading requires concentration, concentration requires absence of a piano on... More

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Hurst, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was an insiders tip for us. The Library has a wonderful 7th floor Cafe with a large selection of foods/soups/salads and snacks along with beer and wine. It is very affordably priced and has a view of the city at just a fraction of the price of the Hotels and other skylounges ... a much better value.

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Seattle/Tacoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What a surprise! I have always loved libraries but this brings the notion of "the library" to a new realm...and I am proud of our library in Seattle. It is worth the walk to Oosterdok to visit this spectacular site and it is FREE! TIP: Be sure to visit all the spaces on the different floors...ending with the top floor... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

in the cafeteria on the Seventh floor. Food is prepared in front of you:grillades,pizza and stir-fry for a very reasonable price.And the view on the city is wonderful. Granted I love librairies and I always visit one on my trips.

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Koblenz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

As I was in Amsterdam with my daughter who is a true bookworm we decided to pay the library a visit. I'm glad we did as it was amazing. The layout and open design of the whole building defies my previous knowledge of what libraries look like and the atmosphere is great. When we arrived there was someone playing classical... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We had read about the view from the library but were surprised at what a modern up to date place it was--with some ususual designs and lighting. Also suprising was that fact it was open to 10 PM, even on a Friday (you usually do not have that in libraries in that states). On the top floor is a great... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Try the restaurant on the 7th floor - great value, good food, with views over the city from the terrace. Impressive building and facilities.

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Tomsk, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Wow, this will change your perception of good old libraries forever. Enormous in size and numbers of books stored, it is a cosy brightly lit building that makes you want to stay there forever. Very user friendly, full of cosy furniture, the atmosphere is indeed very homely. Leave your Kindle at home and come see the true Library of the... More

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TUS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The Library is a good place to check emails while in the city located a short walk from the Central Station. Also the top floor offers great city views and has a nice buffet style restaurant.

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