Our national airport Schiphol promotes itself not just as a regular airport, but as an Airport City with all the amenities of a big city. From the viewpoint that a city has a library, a group of people representing the Dutch public libraries started in 2006 with developing ideas for a library at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport.
Airport Library is aimed at passengers on intercontinental flights. These passengers often have long waiting times for their (connecting) flight. The library offers these travellers an exciting and inspiring way to spend their waiting time and build up energy for the remainder of their journey. Dutch culture is simultaneously presented in an attractive manner. For the Dutch public libraries, Airport Library is the first permanent airport library in the world, offers a unique opportunity to present themselves, both nationally and internationally.
Airport Library is essentially a sitting area with added value. The focus of the multimedia collection is primarily on Dutch culture. It offers the millions of transfer passengers, who are only in the Netherlands to change flights, a chance to get an impression of the culture of our country.
The service of Airport Library offers the following:
- Translated Dutch fiction in thirty languages
- Photo books, photo shows and videos that reflect Dutch culture
- Music of Dutch musicians
Airport Library is a reference library, for reading, watching and listening on the spot.
Airport Library offers highlights in Dutch architecture, visual arts, design, fashion and history. Special attention is given to our capital Amsterdam. Airport Library is entirely based on self-service. Visitors can easily find their way and feel right at home in this unique public library.