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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 523 0900
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Modern building

Very convenient place, spacios, if you go to the Nemo or naval museum from Centraal Station, stop there for a while. But be careful even in the public library are paid toilets... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Radka J
Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very convenient place, spacios, if you go to the Nemo or naval museum from Centraal Station, stop there for a while. But be careful even in the public library are paid toilets :-(((

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Central Library is a short walk from the Train Station and is a 'don't miss' destination. The building is multi-storied, modern, clean and very inviting even if your knowledge of Dutch is limited. Don't miss the exposition area and also spend time on the top floor for lunch or a nice snack. The food is served cafeteria style an... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This big building near the water is the biggest library in Amsterdam. My friend and I always meet here because she rents books and I like to have coffee here. On the 6th floor is a great view over the city. Perfect for a selfie with view.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This library offers fee-based wifi in the library, but you can also go to the cafe on the 7th floor and get free wifi. The cafe is very good and reasonably priced and the view over the old center of Amsterdam is wonderful. The lower floors also offer views and some very comfortable places to work or take a breather... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really modern building, with a piano you can play and a nice restaurant at the top with an incredible view.

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North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a very wet afternoon. Lovely building, with fabulous facilities. Lovely to see it so well used. We had a late lunch on the seventh floor at the Place restaurant. Exceptionally good food at reasonable prices. It's next to the Theatre so ideal for a meal or drink before a performance. Great views of Amsterdam, there is a terrace... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This library is very nicely designed, welcoming, clean and fresh! I am a librarian so I like to see other libraries wherever I am.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wide range of food, from different culinary traditions. Nice service, good food, wonderful place, at a very low price. Maybe the best place in Amsterdam to eat well without spending too much. I often choose just a dish of vegetables or a salmon and fries., enjoying the nice view from the upper floor of the OBA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know I should speak about the library, and I can say it is a building with an interesting architecture, placed in a good and beautiful spot. The indoors are nice with a lot of book. But I also wanted to say something about the cafe inside it, and that is great compared with the rest of the cafes in... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the central library is not just interesting because of its great assortment of books but the cafe that is up there with nice food and the best view on amsterdam.

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