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April 18, 2011

Bibliophile's Paradise

Amsterdam is a weird city. But I like it.

One of my favorite parts so far is the Central Library, which the Dude and I visited with mouths agape yesterday upon the recommendation of EJ. It's sleek, modern and so totally well-designed. Like a seal using an iPad.

Here are some facts to make you drool:
  • The library has 10 floors, 1200 seats (600 of which have Internet-connected computers) and 2000 parking spaces for bicycles
  • The total area is 28,500 square meters
  • The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam Public Library) system has more than 1.7 MILLION books available. 
And now, a photo essay about the way libraries could be in Amrika if we had €80 million to throw at them.

Look at all this glorious light! I could spend all day here... No seriously; I could: the library is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week.

These reading pods are totally conducive to doing your homework in peace. Especially if your homework involves pretending you're in a space pod.

How the Dutch organize their books: guns for murder mysteries, magic hats for fantasies, hearts for romance and giant thumbs hovering over tiny humans for... books about the man keeping you down? [click to enlarge]

That's what she said.

An aerial view of some of the 2,000 bike parking spaces.

1 comment:

  1. This this IS...the first post I've ever read about the Amsterdam library. It's so awesome! 600 internet connected computers and all that light? Next time I'm stranded in Amsterdam, which seems to be my MO, I'm going to skip the beer and cheese and head to the library. Thanks Neenuh