The new central location of the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) openend in July 2007 in a 10 floor building designed by architect Jo Coenen.
It's the biggest library building of the Netherlands.
It's located at the Oosterdokskade 143 - 1011 DL Amsterdam at a 5 minutes walk East of the Central Train Station.
All floors have special corners and seats & sofas for reading comfort. Many of them offer a great lookoff of the Oosterdok and Amsterdam's old city center.
Basement - Children's corner
Ground floor - Entrance, reception & Toilets + newspapers & magazines + reading café
First floor - Multi media, CD & DVD
Second floor - Novels
Third floor - Travel & history
Fourth floor - Art & Music
Fifth floor - Health + study rooms
Sixth floor Philosophy & Social work
Seventh floor - Theater + La Place restaurant
50 Multi media work stations, 110 terminals to explore the collection.
11 print & copy stations.
On the top floor is a small terrace with a spectacular view over the Oosterdok and the old city center and a big inside restaurant.
Opening hours: 7 days per week 10AM - 10PM
Membership for 1 year:
0 - 19 yr free
19 - 22 yr € 17,50
23 - 64 yr € 27,00
From 65 yr € 17,50
Surcharge for CD, DVD, CR-Rom and Video € 1,00 per item for maximum 1 week.
Parking garage: Room for 1200 cars and 2000 bicycles
The new public library is pretty spectacular. Certainly compared to the old one.
But the biggest thing for tourist and travellers is the free 600 computers with internet.
And enjoy the view from the roof, its pretty neat!
Interesting because of the exciting new architecture, and the huge amount of books that can be found here! Visited in May 2009.