Welcome to the OBA, the Amsterdam Public Library.
On this webpage, you can find information about membership, the opening hours and more contact details of our 26 libraries, and more. Please click 'how do I join' if you want to become a member of the library. On this page, we will keep you posted on the latest OBA-news.
The OBA comprises a Central Library and 25 branch libraries.
opening hours in December
December 25th and January 1st, the OBA will be closed.
For more information, check our opening hours here.
You can follow our English Instagram account via OBA Amsterdam Public Library. We love to see your pictures of the OBA, share them with us using #obamsterdam.
I amsterdam City card
Make the best of your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card.
Visit world-class museums, take a cruise through the charming canals and sample the local delicacies. All for free - or with a significant discount! In addition, the City Card gives you unlimited access to Amsterdam's public transport system for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours.
You can buy the I amsterdam City Card at the customer desk of the Central Library. We are open daily from 10 AM tot 10 PM.
StudyShare is the way to help you focus on studying, time management and personal productivity. You study in a shared space at OBA, the Amsterdam Central Library. Mobile phones are switched off or can be handed in. There is a supervisor at the front.
The 3-hour studying blocks consist of 3 x 45 minutes and two scheduled 15-minute breaks, announced by a bell. A complete block is followed by a 45-minute lunch break.
StudyShare is free. Get your free ticket at the OBA’s central hall counter (open from 10 a.m.) before the start of the first block. Hand your ticket to the supervisor before the block starts.