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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice library, huge selection. Computers and printing service. View from top floor food court is worth the trip. Food and drink selection is very good.

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

If you are passing by, get the lift to the seventh floor and walk out onto the balcony; the view of Amsterdam City from the top is incredible.

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A top notch library, newly built, very modern. Seven floors (or maybe more?). There is a great view facing the water but please be respectful, this is a library. Someone's usually playing the piano in the lobby on ground floor. You can hear the music on the other floors as well.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I went here because it was so highly recommended on Tripadvisor. I am originally from the Netherlands, so I was wondering what the fuss was all about. I must say I was pleasantly surprised going here. It is a really nice library, lot's of space and quiet places. But I mainly came here for the lunch menu and the terrace.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Having read previous Tripadvisor reviews of the new central library we decided to include it in our walking itinerary one day. It was well worth it and we particularly enjoyed the lunch on the top floor which has splendid views of Amsterdam and a wonderful range of fresh and cooked food served in an up market cafeteria style. Most of... More

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Pompeii, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I could have spend hours in this place. We loved the architecture, the view and the upper level restaurant. The food was great and the prices even better. I wish I had a library like this to visit.

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Victoria, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The library is awesome. It's architecturally beautiful, and worth a look through. There is a great restaurant on the top floor with very fresh food, and an Italian restaurant by the entrance. There's an art exhibit space (free). This is where you can find same day, half price tickets for shows in town. I wish my town had a library... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The uilding itself is something different. It's beautiful and modern with a nice restaurant. But the best feature is the great view at the top.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The "Openbaar bibliotheek van Amsterdam - OBA" is a great place to visit, not only to access an incredible number of books, music and other collections, but also to have a good simple meal looking to an amazing view of Amsterdam. The building has 7 floors, including a theater at the top and a nice simple restaurant "La Place" at... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a incredible place, not only you can read a book, study, connect to internet or really rest, (they have nice couches to rest, in a quite place), but also you can go to the top floor, just buy a coffee and enjoy the views of the city from there. Its a great attraction for tourist but also pimps... More

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