Do you have other study spots besides the school library? Many of you may answer yes but are referring to your own homes. Well, it's time to find a different place and atmosphere to study! There are many aesthetically pleasing libraries in the Netherlands that have a perfect atmosphere to get you in the studying mood.
Here are some of the top aesthetically pleasing library study spots to visit!
1. Delft University of Technology Library, Delft
This first aesthetically pleasing library lies in the town of Delft. An architect named Mecanoo designed this architectural marvel of TU Delft. The library has quite an unusual structure. The roof is like a dome, which happens to be the symbol of the engineering world. The library has a high ceiling and outside visitors and students can sit back on the grass while facing the sun. Areas reserved for talking are sectioned out for those of you who want to work on group projects. The library is open until 12 A.M and during exams it usually opens until 2 A.M. A very practical library to study in!
2. Handenlingenkamer, The Hague
Built in the 19th century, the Handenlingenkamer is a beautiful library in the The Hague. Originally, the building housed the Dutch Department of Justice and the library stored records or parliamentary proceedings. Now, it's most famous for its library! Since there was no electricity at the time that the building was built, the roof was shaped like a dome in order to let as much as light inside. The library has four stories worth of books and is open to all visitors almost every day except for Heritage Day/Open Monumentendag (10 September)!
3. Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam, the OBA is a favorite spot of Dutch locals living in Amsterdam. The city's public library, it has a very cozy atmosphere largely boosted by the spontaneous playing of the ground floor piano. The library is open to all ages. Visitors are able to read, study, borrow books or even go to the audio room. The library's top floor has a restaurant which is perfect for a eating a quick meal while enjoying the city's skyline.
4. Peace Palace Library, The Hague
Now, this is my personal favorite. One of the world's oldest and most prestigious libraries, the Peace Palace is a safe haven for all law students! Located in The Hague, the library is in a separate building from the Peace Palace (since the Peace Palace itself is off limits to visitors). The library also serves tribunals and courts such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Inside the library, there are reading rooms where you can study in silence. They also provide plugs for each station, so you can charge your phone or laptop while you study. Unfortunately, this library is only accessible to law students. Entrance is sometimes free and other times you have to pay a €5 fee for the day entrance.
Although most of the study spots listed happen to be libraries, there are more study spots like parks and cafés. However, if you want a quiet and cozy place with Wi-Fi, I'd go to the spots above!