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Great place to work: OBA near Central Station

entrance of the OBA (public library) building near Amsterdam Central StationAmsterdam's new public library building  (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, also known as the OBA) east of the Central Station is a modern building in glass, wood and concrete. The inside is mostly white, airy and open.

The design makes the place feel like a store, only you are not allowed to permanently keep the things that you take home. Eventually, you will have to come back here to return your borrowed books, cds, dvds or even sheet music. But that is no punishment.

This is not just a library. This is a place to be, where you can peruse the extensive magazine collection, surf the internet on the free computers, enjoy the view from the terrace on the 7th floor or have a snack, drink, lunch or dinner in the La Place restaurant (also top floor).

If you're lucky, you can enjoy an impromptu piano concert, like I did, the very first time I visited the OBA. Someone was playing amazing jazz on the piano near the entrance on the ground floor. It gave my visit a kind of magical feel.

My tip? If you're looking for a quiet place to work, away from your own home (for whatever reason), the OBA has plenty of space. And afterwards, you can head out to Vapiano (read my review in the restaurants section) for an excellent pizza, for an even more excellent price (they start from E5,75).

The central library, as this branch of the OBA is called, is open every day of the week, from 10am until 10pm. It's supposed to have free wifi too, but you need a password (probably obtainable at the reception desk on the ground floor?) to make it work.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 143
1011 DL Amsterdam