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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
020 5230900
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Ranked #2 of 298 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Modern and nice building, but this is all about the view. Bad thing is far away from center, go at the sunset time and enjoy a coffee in the top floor

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Even though it's a pretty long walk from the touristic center of A'dam, this modern 7 story building near the harbor is worth the trek for its modern design, which shows how beautiful a functional public building can be, for it's cafeteria which serves some really unusual choices, and for the view over the city from the outdoor eating area... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is a library, so I would not describe this building as a tourist attraction, People go there to study, read books or even watch movies. Nevertheless, there is a nice restaurant in the last floor where you can have a view of the city of Amsterdam while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry. There is an... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A local friend of mine recommended this place. I wasn't looking for a book, but from the top you get one of the best views of the whole city. Amsterdam is a beautiful place, and this is a great way to take it all in.

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Seville, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A walk from the central station you can find this nice place . Beautiful library (best for kids), in the last floor great restaurant, with natural food and good views of the city. If you have some spare time, it worths the walk.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Really great collections. Well organized bright and cheery. A place that you like to be. Most U.S. libraries should go there and then emulate it back home. Each segment make you feel like you are in a small easy to use libarary instead of a huge place which it is. The folks who work there are very pleasant and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Amsterdam's Central library is a wonderful haven a short walk from the main station. In the foyer you'll find a piano for public use and a detailed plan of each floor. The children's department is magical with towers, hiding places and 3D art including a mouse house and giant polar bear. The upper levels are dedicated to books (including an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

so many bikes!!!!!! you have to be on your guard!!!!!! transport so easy on the trams outside central station

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

This public library has an amazing collection of different kinds of works, including a huge rang of sheet music, together with a piano with headphones to study. The architecture of the place is very nice. The cafeteria is located on the top floor and has a terrace with good views of the city. It is a self-service buffet with wok,... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A big library, a nice view from the top floor. You can have a drink there or have a bite at Vapiano, a nice Italian restaurant.

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