The largest public library in the Netherlands

Amsterdam’s impressive public library, made up of 25 branches, is known collectively as the OBA. The architectural gem opened in 2007, and with seven floors of book collections and community spaces, it was considered to be the largest library in Europe until 2013. Within the library lies a theatre, an exhibition space, study pods, a music department, conference rooms and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace. Reading spots throughout the OBA present stunning south-facing panoramic views.

Membership and benefits

Even without a membership, visitors can make use of some 600 computers, 50 multimedia study spaces, 110 catalogue reference terminals and 11 print and copy stations. A vast range of international newspapers and magazines are also free to the public. For the use of CDs and DVDs, a small fee is charged for weekly rental.

OBA members, however, enjoy greater access to the library and the use of its resources, plus discounted tickets to OBA-selected events, computer access and unlimited wifi. To join, you will need a form of ID and proof of address.

Find your local branch

Aside from the central library, there are 25 branches in Amsterdam. Books and resources can be returned to any of these locations.

  • Central Library
  • Banne
  • Bos en Lommer
  • Buitenveldert
  • Bijlmer
  • Cinetol
  • De Hallen
  • Diemen
  • Duivendrecht
  • Geuzenveld
  • Hagedoornplein
  • Javaplein
  • Linnaeus
  • Mercatorplein
  • Molenwijk
  • Olympisch Kwartier
  • Osdorp
  • Ouderkerk
  • Reigersbos
  • Roelof Hartplein
  • Slotermeer
  • Slotervaart
  • Spaarndammerbuurt
  • Staatsliedenbuurt
  • IJburg
  • Waterlandplein

More information and joining

Visit the English-language website of the Amsterdam Public Library at OBA