It was in the year 1919 that the first public library was opened in Keizersgracht. According to the statistics recorded in 2005, the Openbare Bibliotheek is believed to have a collection of more than 1.7 million books and membership of more than 1,65,000 people. It had also lent over 5 million books. The Openbare Bibliotheek is made up of a group of 28 public libraries along with 43 different lending points. The biggest library under the group is titled as Centrale Bibliotheek which is located on the eastern side of the Central Station.
The credit for designing the temple goes to Jo Coenen who had served as a state architect. The building was constructed at a cost of €80 million. In order to make decisions about the position of the lights and distribution of fresh air, Arup was hired. The Openbare Bibliotheek provides facilities for copying and printing in huge numbers. I could also find some other interesting features such as the presence of two radio stations namely OBA Live and AmsterdamFM. We could also see the RJs broadcasting programs live in front of our eyes.