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Reykjavik City Library

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Address: Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 411 6100
13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri 11:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 17:00

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Visit the free photography museum on the top floor

The city library is a modern building of no particular architectural interest. But the top floor houses a free photography museum with rotating exhibitions. We found it definitely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The city library is a modern building of no particular architectural interest. But the top floor houses a free photography museum with rotating exhibitions. We found it definitely worth the visit.

Thank RyanLChicago
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

After a lot of walking, we needed a place to rest and also some WiFI to decide where to go next. We found the library by pure chance thinking it was a museum or gallery by the very modern look of it from the outside. Turns out, there is an art/photo exhibit on the 6th floor which we had a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Stopped in the library to fill out some post cards and ended up staying awhile. They had a John Lennon tribute book to write your sentiments. This will be opened in the future so that was kind of cool.

Thank tahoe-mom
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

FREE exhibition at the library. A good exhibition on when we visited, but also has a rolling slide-show (goes on for AGES!) recording the people and places of Iceland. This provides an admirable societal insight into the country and people. Magic!

Thank Sue E
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice library, helpful staff, and photography museum on top floor with interesting, quality exhibits. Current exhibit was on Portraits by Hasselblad Award Winners. Good rainy weather place to go to. Scenic view of city from top floor.

Thank patdmhab
Windsor, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Very nicely put-together. Helpful folks. Neat photography exhibit on the upper floor. Worthwhile, especially on a cruddy weather day.

Thank ColoradoVet
Wynyard, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were told by a librarian from a used book store to visit the library to find out the history of my husband 's descendants. The staff were very helpful.

Thank Fern S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The day before we arrived in Reykjavik, after 8 days of hiking and driving, I googled "Things to do in Reykjavik" and discovered the library had a film on Iceland and a walking tour of crime scenes in fact and fiction that were free and open to the public on Thursdays. What a great activity. The library is spacious and... More 

Thank Alice C
Kerry, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Had to go in here to check in online and print boarding passes. The staff were fantastic!!! So helpful and considerate. They seem to have many walks and talks for tourists and locals alike. I'd recommend calling in for a browse.

Thank KerryGirl_14
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

As a HUGE book nerd, I love libraries, but rarely visit them on vacation, unless they are of note (e.g.; Seattle). I wandered in here by accident, as it also happens to house the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, which I was looking for. The 'museum' is simply the 6th story of the building and had an excellent exhibit on the... More 

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