Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Amsterdam airport free library

The photo above was taken in the Amsterdam airport.

Opened with little fanfare over the summer, the library — the first ever at a major international airport — has 1,200 books in more than two dozen languages, all by Dutch authors or on subjects relating to the country’s history and culture.

There are 18 million passengers a year that only transfer through Schiphol, and their layovers averaged somewhere between five and seven hours.

The library also is equipped with nine Apple iPads loaded with multimedia content, including photos and videos, that is likewise devoted to the theme of Dutch culture.

The library employs no permanent staff and its only effort to discourage theft is a sticker on the cover of each book identifying it as part of the Airport Library collection.


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