Openbare Bibliotheek, Amsterdam


Since 1919, the OBA has been the place where Amsterdammers come for their personal development. Whereas in the 20th century this was mainly done with books in libraries, the 21st century requires more forms of learning and a wider range. The challenge for us is to ensure that all Amsterdammers can participate in the information society and that no one is left behind.

The OBA is committed to an Amsterdam where everyone has equal opportunities. The OBA offers opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills, to actively participate in social life, to develop talents, in short: to enrich your life.
That is why the OBA is always nearby, easily accessible and relevant for all Amsterdammers. A stimulating and vibrant place, where the many languages and cultures of the city come together, where there is room to learn skills of the 21st century, with attention to social themes such as health, self-reliance and sustainability.

The OBA also wants to be the place of the city to meet, not only in the center, but also in the neighborhoods. We achieve this in collaboration with Amsterdam initiatives and organizations. By sharing our physical and digital spaces with them, a safe, attractive, knowledge-rich public environment is created in all neighborhoods of the city. From, for and by the residents.



Audio June 11 2024

All About Books: Katy Conneely, Dublin City FM on the 2024 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

In her 'All About Books' podcast Katy Conneely attends the Winning Ceremony of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award on 23rd May 2024 and provides some highlights of the ceremony
Video June 5 2024

2024 Dublin Literary Award Winners Mircea Cărtărescu and Sean Cotter In Conversation

Mircea Cărtărescu and Sean Cotter, winners of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award take an in-depth look at the winning title, Solenoid with Alex Clarke as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.
Video May 31 2024

Dublin Literary Award 2024 Winner Announcements Highlights

Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu and translator Sean Cotter have been announced as winners of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award on Thursday 23rd of May, for the novel Solenoid.
Video May 8 2024

Alexis Wright – Praiseworthy Q&A

Q&A with Alexis Wright, one of the six shortlisted authors for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award in which she discusses her passion for libraries and explores the influences behind her novel Praiseworthy


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