In the last few weeks, I've been popping over to the seven story (!) public library here in Amsterdam to get some quiet time. Better yet, there's a cafe with tasty salads, smoothies and snacks on top...and great views of the water (sunny weather provided).
I love going to the library to meet up with friends, study Dutch, work on my blog and peruse so many different subjects (we spent a while in the architecture section the other day!). Plus it's a free location to visit when the weather too gross for reading in the park.
The interior is lovely, with modern sculptures, art displays and funny reading pods. There's even a cinema for screening films and near by a listening station for music! There's free wifi but it only works for library members. The minimum subscription is €15, bummer. On the plus side, one of my favorite restaurants happens to be located exactly next to this bibliotheek, their pizza is zo lekker I'll share more tomorrow!
I've been debating whether or not to sign-up for a library card (especially with the advent of our new, expat book club!). Too bad all the English items are all jumbled along with the Dutch ones, which made browsing genres very confusing. Maybe next time I'll try searching a specific title?
Do you have a library card here in Holland? I'm really curious if it's worth the €40 subscription- as in are there actually enough English books and movies for loan??
Amsterdam Public Library
(only a few minutes walk from Central Station)