Amsterdam’s new public library was officially opened today.
It’s in a brand new, purpose built building, on the old harbour area, 7 floors of books sounds a lot like my idea of heaven. The collection includes books in a myriad of languages, there is a big English language section, plus Spanish, Arabic, Persian and others. For 25 euro per year it’s probably the best value in town.
You should be able to see more images from the opening on their website from Sunday 08 July.
|The whole building is flooded with natural light, and the feeling is spacious and airy. It’s a big contrast to the old library on Prinsengracht which was dark and cramped. The lowest floor is the children’s area, it is overlooked by other sections of the library – making it so much easier for families using the library. There are also event rooms/spaces on (I think!) every floor.|
|There are some delightful design elements, some foam “egg chairs” and these work cubicles, designed to let students have a little privacy while they work.|
|On the seventh floor is a terrace cafe which probably has the best view in the city, it overlooks the old harbour, the large building in the background to the left is the Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum).|