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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
020 5230900
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Ranked #3 of 300 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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

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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Our room wasn't ready at the Hilton Doubletree so we went to the library. Very modern building, seven floors (one that is all DVDs) and a restaurant on the top floor. They have over 600 computer terminals!

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

The building to me is not the best but the inside spaces are worth to see. there is an area for kids, one for worldwide magazines and newspapers and on the top floor a restaurant bar.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Located near to the busy central station, this library has more than books and peace to offer. The modern architecture, holds different floors with books in different languages, sometimes art exhibitions, the already famous free top view and there is a whole floor with children attractions. It is easy to go back to your childhood and let your imagination flow... More

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