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Rotterdam Central Library

I was thinking about not posting any more Library visit pictures, but after talking to Uber-Librarian Steve last night I?ve decided a few more won?t hurt. After all, it is a Library blog, and at least it?s unique Library content, right?

So, the next far flung Library to show you is The Rotterdam Central Library in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Most folks have heard or maybe even lived some crazy Amsterdam stories, but aside from that craziness, the entire country seemed quite unique and fascinating. It seemed to me that much of Europe, The Netherlands and Belgium in particular, seemed a bit hyper-organized. Now just imagine their Libraries!

Rotterdam is big on Libraries and big on modern architecture. The large plaza containing the Central Library has several very unique Dutch (well designed/funky) looking buildings. The Library itself reminded me quite a bit of the Pompidou Center in Paris, with its inside-out facade. Check out the picture here.

Inside? Surprises galore!
An interactive sculpture. When you step on the blue ?puddles?, speakers in the book make splashing noises!
A giant size chess board, in full use, with lots of spectators.
They even have a theater. Of maybe theatre since we?re in Europe and all.

If you are interested in Rotterdam or The Netherlands, here is a well designed site with lots of useful information.

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