Friday, February 17, 2017

Openbar Library in Amsterdam

I’ve been to a lot of libraries in the world, but Amsterdam’s might be the only one with a bar on the top floor. What can I expect from a library called “Openbar.” The fact that it is centrally located in the heart of town is also another clue. Typically libraries are local affairs, and a city would waste valuable real estate on something that isn’t going to bring in tourist money. But Amsterdam is a different kind of city, and Openbar is a different kind of library.

Though the interior design of the library is nothing astonishing, in terms of size, it is probably one of the largest libraries I have ever been to, reaching seven floors. At the top, there is a restaurant and bar that overlooks the water canal. Does it get more amazing than that?

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