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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Visited as part of a four day stay in Amsterdam we had been told to go to the top floor as there was a viewing are that gave some of the best views of Amsterdam regrettably it was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited as part of a four day stay in Amsterdam we had been told to go to the top floor as there was a viewing are that gave some of the best views of Amsterdam regrettably it was closed for the winter but the views from the windows where great although not very camera friendly regrettably

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nipped in here after being recommended. Lovely modern building wit a brilliant view at the top and a really nice cafe as well.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Libraries are not must-see top tourist attractions, but this is a fine example of how libraries could be built in this century. It was bright and well-signed, easy to find the English and music sections. We didn't analyze the collection, of course, but I'd love to have this in my Milwaukee neighborhood.

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Lima Region, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My aim was to get to the restaurant in the top floor to have a coffee and enjoy some views of the city. Despite it was raining, I spent a nice time there. I also had a quick look at the lowest floor, which is devoted to children. There were some lovely displays and cute sculptures.

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Castricum, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Anyone who loves books as much as I do, will adore this library, you name a subject and they have books about it, but apart from that they have a fabulous exposition space on the 3rd floor covered in photos of Rico d'Rozario/ A former drummer turned photographer who just about photographed any and all music worldstars, from Miles to... More 

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Goa, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

This Multi-storeyed, modern library is very beautiful and huge with lots of books, even has a children's area and a restaurant on the roof offering spectacular views of the city. It is situated at a walking distance from Amsterdam Centraal Station and city centre. One can read peacefully for hours with good views from all the floors in the library,... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

amazing library and fantastic views of Amsterdam. honestly, if we had libraries with a restaurant up top and multiple floors of incredible books/selection, people would be there all the time! Don't miss it :) Go to the 7th floor at La Place and have a drink/bite to eat! You won't regret it!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Is the perfect library. Has an amazing children's area where they can run freely and enjoy books and parents can sit and read with them. Has a beautiful exposition of Small Mouses and a big Polar bear. The collection is quite impressive and the building is worth seeing considering it has wan many prizes. There is a beautiful view of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

Modern library, with lots of material on offer and plenty of space to read, chill out, have a coffee/meal at La Place on the top floor and enjoy the views over Amsterdam.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

This is one of the most amazing libraries I have seen. At first you'd think you're at an Apple store, everything is white and there are iMacs everywhere. It's very modern, clean, inspiring. I would study here every day if I lived in Amsterdam. The top floor has a great cafe with fresh food, juices, wine, beers. Great seating area... More 

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