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The Hague Public Library

11 April 2011
08 April 2013

There are more than just books in The Hague Public Library. You can visit the library to borrow CDs, video games and DVDs. It is also a bustling centre of culture and information as well as being one of the greatest meeting places in The Hague.

The Hague Public Library

Imagine yourself relaxing in a comfortable Arne Jacobsen 1958-style egg chair, drinking a frothy cappuccino and watching the crowd passing by from behind your favourite magazine. All this in one of The Hague’s most prestigious buildings.

There is a good reason why more than 2.5 million people visit the Central Library in the city centre and the 18 branch libraries throughout the city.

Hundreds of foreign titles

The Central Library, located in Richard Meier’s spectacular ‘Ice Palace’, has retro lounge chairs, brightly coloured sofas, vast reading tables and a trendy café. The extensive collection of books and periodicals, including children’s books, features hundreds of titles in English, German and French. The library is also famous for its large collection of:

  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • video games
  • rare sheet music
  • non-commercial films
  • impressive and costly volumes on art and much more.

The library not only contains a soundproof music room (where you can practice the piano without bothering your neighbours) but also a children’s library, a digital information centre and a large silent area for undisturbed reading or studying. On the 10th floor the Haagse Lobby has ample space for lectures or debates plus a dazzling view of the city centre.

With more than 1 million pieces in the library's collection, you won’t run out of things to look at, read, or listen to. In addition the library organises activities such as:

  • expositions
  • lectures
  • workshops
  • activities for children

Internet in the library

Did you know that the public library is one of the cheapest spots in the city to use the internet? Use the library’s PCs or your own laptop. There is free wireless internet (WiFi) available. You can also take classes on using the internet or consult the extensive collection of commercial databanks and websites.

Opening hours, rates and activities

For the addresses and opening hours of the main library and 18 branch libraries, as well as information on becoming a member of the public library, please visit the website of The Hague Public Library

Wheelchair accessibility

All branches of The Hague Public Library are accessible to wheelchairs.

Address & contact

Central Library
Spui 68
2511 BT The Hague

Telephone: (070) 353 44 55

11 April 2011
08 April 2013