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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam 1011, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
020 5230900
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Ranked #3 of 296 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

very nice, interesting place. Comfortable to visitors all years old. Very nice view from the 7th floor. Very good food in the cafiteria for reasonable value.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Very nice and modern library, futuristic, has a diner and cafe facilities. Free Wifi ,a lot of books obviously and multi media. I recommended grabbing a book going to the higher floors like 4-5-6 sit on the comfortable chairs facing the large glass windows overlooking the water. What a view!!!! And very calming especially after battling the hectic city. There... More

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wonderful modern clean building. A place to go to escape the hustle & busle of busy Amsterdam. Lovely restuarant on 7th floor with fantasic views over the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Books, lots of them, some in English; wifi and workstations; quiet spaces with gorgeous views; interesting inhabitants of the city; CD's and DVD's; coffee, cake and a solid lunch; white and open spaces to stroll around in. The public library near the railway station at Oosterdokskade 143 is more than just a library; it's an attractive architectural and social space.... More

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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The building zelf is very modern. I'm not a book wurm but it's a pleasure to be in this library. I come specially for the architecture. I love the lamps, very artistic. Sure I'll be back to see the view of amsterdam from the the top floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good choice of English titles. Little cabins where it´s possible to retreat for awhile with a good book. Upstairs cafe with nice food and great views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

On the top floor of the library is La Place cafeteria. The food selection is amazing and most is cooked fresh for you as you wait. There is a juice bar, desserts, fresh fruit, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, a grill bar for chicken or burgers, beverages including beer or wine. We chose a chicken stir fry, and you choose your vegs,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Recommended by the guide on a walking tour this was the best buffet I've come across in many years in any establishment let alone a non- commercial one! Its located in the modern public library building a little to the west of Central Station. It also has the advantage of a great view from the 7th floor terrace. The selection... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A friend told us to check out the restaurant at the top of the library. Nice assortment of cakes and a lovely view of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

No entry fee and you can take the elevator to the top floor for a nice view over the city. They have a nice café there but we didn't try it. Not crowded when we were there but probably in summertime. Worth 10 minutes of your time.

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