Showcase of Dutch culture at Schiphol
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Airport Library at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the world’s first airport library and a much copied example around the world. The library has repeatedly been proclaimed by foreign visitors as one of the best places to stay at Schiphol, and has been featured in The New York Times. Airport Library is located on the Holland Boulevard, after security at Schiphol. This is the area where passengers traveling outside the Schengen countries can relax while waiting for their (connecting) flight. Here they can get acquainted with what Dutch art and culture has to offer. 

"At Schiphol, an Unlikely Sanctuary of Books"

The New York Times, Sept. 15, 2010

How does it work?

At Airport Library you can find books by Dutch authors or on subjects relating to he country’s history and culture. Browse through Dutch literature classics, history books and children’s literature, and marvel at the most inspiring Dutch art, design and architecture. There's something for everyone! A sticker on the cover of each book identifies it as part of the Airport Library collection. The collection is meant to be read on site and left on the shelves for others to use. There are two boxes where travellers can leave their copies of used/finished books, which can be taken home. 

Airport Library offers travelers:

  • 500 books by Dutch authors, translated into over forty languages;
  • Art books, history books and books about the city of Amsterdam;
  • Digital screens showing varying presentations about Dutch culture;
  • Varying exhibitions, mostly about Dutch literature.

Airport Library is cared for daily by five retired library professionals, the ‘airport librarians’. One of them has over a thousand followers on Twitter and tweets regularly about his activities. Follow him @airprtlibrarian. 


Airport Library at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the world’s first airport library. Aiport Library is an initiative of a group of Dutch library organisations: ProbiblioAssociation of Public Libraries of the Netherlands and the Public libraries of Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer, with support from Schiphol International Airport. In 3,5 years' time the library attracted more than 1.25 million visitors. It has repeatedly been proclaimed by foreign visitors as one of the best places to stay at Schiphol, and has been featured in The New York Times. Airport Library is also the first of a series of about twenty library amenities all around the world.

In 2014 Airport Library closed due to renovations at Schiphol. The renewed Airport Library opened on 7 September 2017, under supervision by the Stichting Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek (CPNB). Since 2019 the Dutch foundation for literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds) is responsible for Aiport Library, and the daily exploitation is carried out by Dutch library organisation Probiblio.

Collaborating partners

Airport Library is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Of course, Schiphol remains an essential partner. Airport Library collaborates with various (cultural) organisations in the Netherlands who donate books, provide advice or participate in events. The Dutch Foundation for Literature provides all translated Dutch literature, and cooperates in the organisation of events and exhibitions. Other books are donated by Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Anne Frank Huis, Van Gogh Museum, Stichting Gispen Collectie en Bijzondere Collecties van de UvA.

Design and facilities: Superuse Studios in collaboration with IssosDydell and Dazzleware.



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