Librije Zutphen
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momdiplume
Winston Salem, NC25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
If you are at all interested in historic libraries, this is a place you must go! First of all, you will enjoy the wonderful architecture in Zutphen as you are making your way to the St. Walburgis Church. Once there, you must purchase a ticket for the library which also entitles you to a lovely tour of the church. My tour group was small - three women passionate about books and history - and the tour guide shared our enthusiasm. Once inside the library area, she really brought the story to life - one interesting fact was that it wasn’t quiet in there because people were proud that they could read, so they would read out loud to demonstrate their prowess. I felt very emotional upon thinking how hard it would be to want to know more about the world, literature, the arts and yet have so few opportunities to acquire this knowledge. This was truly a memorable experience for me.
Written February 13, 2020
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Pieter V
Germany29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
If you are a book lover you really should visit this place. You will step into a scene from "the name of the Rose". The Library is an chain library, the books are fixed to desks by chains. Not only is it unique, there is only one other like it (in the UK, smaller and not so old), but its collection is also unique. There are older library's, but they are private ones like churches. This one has been an public one for century's and unlike the church library's who stock only religious books, this one has also literature, law, and worldly titles. It is very unknown, but very special. Visit thIf you are a book lover you really should visit this place. You will step into a scene from "the name of the Rose". The Library is a chain library; the books are fixed to desks by chains. Not only is it unique, there is only one other like it (in the UK, smaller and not so old), but its collection is also unique. There are older libraries, but they are private ones like churches. This one has been a public one for century's and unlike the church libraries who stock only religious books; this one has also literature, law, and worldly titles. It is very much unknown, but very special. Visit the website as well.
An attraction for kids is also the “devils footsteps” In the Tiles you can see footprints made by the devil who came to visit a scholar who was studying during the night.
I cannot figure out why this attraction is so unknown, it is really world class. If it was in Florence or Sienna it would be world famous like the Uffizi. However, Zutphen is a small provincial town way of the beaten path. It has however this gem in the Walburgis Church.

http://www.librije-zutphen.nl/index.php/english

http://www.librije-zutphen.nl/index.php/english
Written March 26, 2015
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squeezing
australia249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We are not huge history buffs but found the tour of the church library fascinating. The guide spoke excellent English and was very informative. We bought a combined ticket for the church and the library (6 euros pp). The church was toured with an audioguide. It took around 25-30 minutes and the recording was clear and concise. Perhaps some more information on the famous organ would have been good. There are occasional concerts on the organ ..details can be accessed on the church website.
Written June 12, 2019
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RHAHJ
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,979 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
This 16th century library hall is unique in the Netherlands, and only in Italy and England one finds comparable libraries. Besides old books, there is a nice footprint of the devil himself. A must-see if you like history.
Written October 28, 2015
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Jip V
Arnhem, The Netherlands15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
This library has an extensive collection of very old books that are still in great condition. Very interesting and impressive place to visit, the tour is also very informative.
Written October 22, 2015
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Ada v
Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Business
Amazing intact library from 16h Century annex to the Walburghis church. Very interesting to visit and see the unique collection of books and to learn the history of the library. The Librije can only be visited through guided tours. Closed during the winter season.
Written October 14, 2015
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Wpgers
Winnipeg, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
The library was a highlight of our trip to Zutphen because of the interesting history provided by the well versed guide. Fascinating details about the long term commitment of the Dutch people to equality and public access to information.
Written July 9, 2015
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beegal
Iowa City, IA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were lucky to join a tour in which the guide spoke English (she also continued in Dutch for the other person on the tour) to see the chained library. No photographs or touching is allowed, so it's nice that they have a chained facsimile of the Copernicus book outside the library that can be touched. The tour is perhaps 20 minutes in the library, and you may spend another hour or more in the adjacent church.
Written September 9, 2019
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John A
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Without using a time machine you can step back centuries into a room where the public were allowed to read books (which were rare and expensive in those days). The ancient heavy tomes are chained to the reading lecterns, almost like dangerous magic books might be at Hogwarts. Visits are with a guide who gives a knowledgeable insight into it's history and use.
Written August 19, 2019
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Lesley B
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Absolutely worth seeing. It is neither big nor showy bout doesn't need to be. The chained books and the lecterns they are attached to speak for themselves. You cannot just go in you have to go with a guide in order to protect the books. I was lucky enough to be the only person on the 3pm tour on 19/7/19 and my guide was brilliant. Her English was excellent and her enthusiasm and knowledge impressive. Make sure you ask to see the library though, we had visited the church the day before and weren't told how to see it so had to go again. Disappointingly for my partner it is not wheelchair accessible due to 3 steep steps.
Written July 30, 2019
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