Even if libraries are usually not on your list unless they are hundreds of years old, you should not miss a visit to Amsterdam’s modern central library.The building dates from 2007 and was designed by the Dutch architect Jo Coenen. It is the largest public library in Europe and holds seven floors full of books, inviting chairs and multimedia stations. This library is not just about searching an old, dusty book in a catalog and taking it home. It is not about grumpy librarians watching your every step to make sure you don’t steal that dusty book. This library is about reading as an experience, and offers a calm and soothing atmosphere. The dominant color is white, giving the library a fresh and clean look, and the book shelves are illuminated with orange and blue LEDs, tempting us to read, dream and learn – if we only knew Dutch! There is a playfully decorated children’s section on the lowest floor, and a cafeteria with views over the city and the water on the top floor. I cannot say that I would recommend the coffee they serve but the soups and salads did look good and the view is worth it anyways. To read more about the design of the library, try this article. To plan your visit, check the information on this page, and to see more images from the library, keep on scrolling down on this blog.
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