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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020 5230900
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Visited their vast collection then went up to the 7th (?) floor café to look at the view of Amsterdam. Great photo op! Free too! Easy walk from Central Station or the Cruise... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Visited their vast collection then went up to the 7th (?) floor café to look at the view of Amsterdam. Great photo op! Free too! Easy walk from Central Station or the Cruise Pier. Definitely worth a visit if only for the views.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Public Library near the Central Station is a nice modern building with a lovely architecture and a great choice of books (of course, mostly in Dutch). The best point for tourists is the top floor cafeteria with panoramic terrace, which gives you a good spot for eating, resting and looking over the water at Nemo, Central Station and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Just see the architecture of this amazing public library - read a book for the kids on the first floor. visit the gallery on the second floor, listen to music on the 3rd, see a movie on the 5th and have lunch at the nice restaurant with a view on Amsterdam on the 6th. Perfect afternnon !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth a visit even just to see the views of Amsterdam! The cafe on the top floor is lovely, it is very clean and the prices of food are reasonable. It is a fantastic library especially if the weather isn't great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Amazing Place, for a tourist, it's a must visit place. To have a detailed visit and experience have enough time with you.

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Den Burg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

very bright and big library with a cozy laidback atmosphere. The set up is very nice. only downfall os it is a bit out of the citycentre.

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Hoevelaken, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Located close to central station this modern library comes to its full potential. Spacious, nice collections in history, art, literature geography, etc. Deserves all attention and gives a nice view of Amsterdam on top of it

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

went for the exhibition and loved the friendly staff and layout of exhibition. wished had time to explore more of building and items - fascinating place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

In its core, the OBA is a place is like any other library. Offering books, CD's, DVD's and whatnot, you can get whatever you're searching for. What is impressive, is the architecture and the sheer size of the library. It is definitely worth a visit, be it only for the view and the cozy terrace, or the books - hence... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is really the most lovely and open and airy libraries I have ever seen. It is right on the way to the Science Museum. We popped in to see the kids books. There is a great resto right there (Vapiano) and you can look into the library from there. They do handmade pasta and pizzas and salads. Loved it!

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Additional Information about Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Address: Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020 5230900
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Binnenstad
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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