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Centuries of creativity

Described by many as a village, Amsterdam packs the cultural punch of a city many times its size. While still retaining a bit of a ‘sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll' reputation, Amsterdam is now more about being a ‘creative city’ where the high standards set by such Golden Age painters as Rembrandt are maintained. The city has become a global hub for art, design, architecture and advertising, but one where all its attractions are just a short and scenic bike ride away.

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Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam

Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam

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The public library is a modern, architectural gem on the Oosterdokseiland, just a five minute walk east of Central Station. The library was conceived by Jo Coenen, the former state architect of the Netherlands, and is spread over seven floors in a cutting-edge ecological design.

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A temple to books Editors' Note

Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam, the city’s brand new public library just east of Centraal Station is one of the largest in Europe and is a grand designer affair that has local critics asking the obvious question: ‘Um, where exactly are the books?’

But rest assured there are plenty of books, along with a minimalist interior, comfy couches, strange-looking study pods, free internet access and an excellent café that affords scenic views of the old city.

Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
31 (0)20 523 0800
Open 10am-10pm daily