Amsterdam is European hotspot and its visitors often have a lot of nice things to say about their Schiphol Airport. From helpful multi-language signs and the plentiful food offerings to the nice layout and lovely reclining chairs, it’s one airport that makes long waits a bit easier to bear. With plenty of ways to kill time, including the extremely cool mini-Rijksmuseum, travelers might consider it another interesting stop along the way. Just a few weeks ago, Schiphol added another unique attraction – a library.
Schiphol’s Airport Library is the first permanent airport library anywhere. Geared toward those passengers who have long layovers at Schiphol between flights to and from other destinations in Europe, rather than a lending library, it’s a “reference library” – or, as the website puts it, “a sitting area with added value.” The Airport Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as it’s entirely self-service. They have comfy seating, reading tables, a few iPads (for use in the library only, of course), and all kinds of material to divert your attention away from the fact that you’re waiting in an airport.