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Public Library (OBA)


central public library with theatres, conference rooms and restaurant

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) is the largest public library in the Netherlands. The new building, situated on an artificial island (Oosterdokseiland), was opened in 2007 on the former premises of the mail sorting centre of the former state postal company PTT.

Besides the usual bookcases, reading tables and study areas, but also theatres, museums, art projects, conference rooms, a restaurant and hundreds of publicly accessible computers.

The facade consists of a framework clad in light natural stone, part of which is a large canopy.

Designing the OBA was a quest for light and orientation, according to the architect Jo Coenen. On the outside it looks like a closed box. Inside, however, a large Innenwelt unfolds.

How to get there?

tram1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 17, 26 - stop Centraal Station
metro51, 53, 54 - stop Centraal Station
bus18, 21, 22, 32, 33, 34, 35, 48 - stop Centraal Station
trainStation Amsterdam Centraal
parkingParking Centrum Oosterdok

Photo Tour - Modern Architecture

  1. Headquarters ING Group
  2. Rembrandt Tower
  3. Eye
  4. Byzantium
  5. World Trade Center
  6. Nemo
  7. The Whale
  8. Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
  9. The Rock
  10. Public Library (OBA)
  11. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

obaOBA's canopy and framework of large wooden rectangular windows

obaOBA's interior

obaOBA's free seats with computer

City district

Amsterdam Centrum