Inside Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport: The World's First Airport Library
Welcome to Amsterdam Week here on Jaunted! Each day, we're coming at ya with a Double Dutch of features: two stories on a city (and its airport) that stuns with its beauty and nearly overwhelms with everything there is to do. Got any Amsterdam tips of your own? Share with us in the comments!
Today at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, we're visiting the Airport Library.
Oh wow. There's actual books without pricetags at Schiphol, and you're free to grab one off the shelf, curl up on a designer chair and enjoy a layover read next to a (fake) fireplace. Welcome to the Airport Library, which Amsterdam Airport claims is the world's first.* Located on Holland Boulevard (the main way between Piers E and F after security in the international departures area (non-Schengen)), the Airport Library is a super popular hideout for the bookish and the tired.
If you haven't popped open your laptop or a giant atlas at one of the reading tables, then you're probably zoning out while cradled in one of the library's oversized chairs or sprawled on a comfy bench. It's also back here that you'll find the children's play area (complete with slide and smal jungle gym to knock the energy out of youngins before they fly).
Literature is available in several languagesnot just freaky deeky Dutchand it's perfectly located for taking in some last-minute Holland culture before your departure. The Rijksmuseum outpost is on one side (more on that tomorrow!), while a mini version of Amstedam city's House of Bols Genever experience is on the other.
And the best part? Lounging around in the library, reading a book and using the airport's outlets and 1-hour complimentary WiFi access is all free here!
*Schiphol may claim it's the first, but we've done our research to find that it was Nashville Airport with the first airport library, way back when.
Disclosure: Special thanks to Schiphol Airport for the access and to Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (@VisitHolland), our host. All photos and opinions presented are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]