- 7 floors
- 1,375 seats (600 with computers/Internet/MS Office)
- 110 catalogue terminals and 26 lending machines
- Underground parking for 2,000 bikes and 1,200 cars
- 2.5 million users and visitors annually
- Awarded Amsterdam’s Most Sustainable Public Building in 2008
- Also houses a theatre, radio station, conference rooms, exhibition spaces, “study pods”, cafe and restaurant
Modern details everywhere, even on the couches and the floors.
Love the way the shelves are labeled, too. (Strips mean comics.)
It was a beautiful, clear day so the outdoor terrace was packed.
But we couldn’t leave without checking out the view.
… and made one last stop at the multimedia department on our way out.
The architects definitely belong to the cult of Mac.
Isn’t this the coolest librarian’s desk ever?
Oh, a small aside: in the DVD section, I saw Basic Instinct right next to Horton Hears a Who. Welcome to the Netherlands, folks.
And with that we hop over to the children’s section, which is in the basement.
Love all the fun elements they incorporated into the children’s reading area, like making the shelves into a “fort” you can climb, and the teepee on the right. And of course, those awesome “jackstone” lights. May jackstones din kaya sila dito?
What a great way to make reading fun for kids. Then again, I never needed forts and teepees to make me enjoy reading. An awesome library always helps, though!