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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
020 5230900
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Ranked #4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Portland Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Best view of the city from the top floor where you can also get a great meal at a really reasonable price. Oh and the library is like none I have ever seen.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The new museum focuses on experience all aspects a museum could offer, not just stockpiling books. Go grab a book and chill in the comfortable designer sofa's or go to the top floor for a coffee with cake with views of Amsterdam!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

So much to look at its old world with the new tech Loved every bit I wish I had more time here next time

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