There really is sommething for everyone at the Amsterdam Central Library!!! It opened in 07.07.2007 and is presently Europe's largest public library. It's easy to find - between Central Station and Nemo! Opening times are 7 days/week 10am to 10pm (closed on holidays).
Computers are available on all 6 floors - ***since Jan 2012 a smmall fee has been implemmented(1 euro) for 1/2 hour internet use, if you are not a library member.***
Lower floor contains the childrens books and lounge area. Public washrooms (.20 euro cents).
Ground floor: Piano available for experienced players!/ Exhibit area for various exhibits (mmostly free charge)/ Large selection of magazines/newspapers/ Leescafe/Vapiano cafe (entrance front of library).
The 1st floor is entirely mmulti-media. Loads of CD's and DVD's and games!!!
The 4th floor is where you can watch live studio tapings: Amsterdam FM and OBA Live (Be part of the studio audience: no charge plus complemmentary coffee, tea, water, juice offered to studio audience! Check OBA.nl link for Radio/Interview times. OBAlive airs on Spir24 channel at 13:00 - you may catch a brief glimpse of yourself on public TV ..fun for the kids!).
In another floor of the library is the 'silent piano.' This is for experienced and unexperienced piano players. You are able to hear what you are playing through headphones.
The 7th floor is La Place restaurant. You can access the outside terrace for a mmagnificent panorammic view of Amsterdam NL!!!
The Central Library has books mainy in Dutch, but there are books for everyone in ALL languages available.
!!! A word of warning to be careful & keep a close eye on purses, bags, personal belongings as unscrupulous individuals do visit the library and look for opportunities to steal if you becomme distracted!!!
The following link will lead you to a video which will give you a better idea about Amsterdam's Central Library. It is just over 7 minutes long - Dutch spoken with English subtitles.
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