The versatility of the library
Libraries in The Hague region have extensive collections of books, films, magazines. newspapers and so on. But the library is not only a place to borrow that one title you have been looking for. It has become the living room of the city where people of all ages and backgrounds come together. Adults come here to join of the many educational activities, such as workshops and courses. Students can be found studying here as it is a quiet place to study. Even kids love to go to the library, because of its fun activities especially for children. It is also a great place for internationals as they can borrow international titles, Dutch at Taalhuis and attend readings by international authors (these usually take place in the Central Library, under the title B-Unlimited). Generally, the libraries in The Hague region offer the same things.
If you are looking for a place to develop and gain inspiration, The Hague Public Library is where you should go. The library is informal which makes it accessible to all members of the community. In addition to the large Central Library on the Spui, there are 13 neighbourhood libraries throughout the city. Today, one in five residents of The Hague is a library member.
The library hosts courses for anyone who would like to learn how to use the internet, computers or tablets. There is also support for people who would like to know how to use DigiD and e-government. On special days, you can even find assistance in filing your taxes.
Programming and media literacy
Kids can learn to program games, apps and robots free of charge at CoderDojo in the library. And during Digital Literacy Week, special attention is paid to critical-thinking and analytical skills in connection with new media, such as learning to recognise fake news.
The library offers classes teaching the Dutch language nearly every day. The special collection called ‘Learn Dutch’ includes language courses, books and audiovisual materials for practicing Dutch language skills. Also, at the Taalhuis on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, volunteers help you find a suitable language course in The Hague.
Studying and working remotely
You can make use of the hundreds of study and work spaces that are available in the library if you are looking for a quiet place to study. Also, children can receive help with their homework in various libraries. Over 200 computers are on hand for using the Internet or word processing. Their is free WiFi at all locations for visitors who prefer to work on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone.
The online library has a great collection from over 15,000 e-books. To date, members of the library have used their e-readers, tablets and smartphones to ‘check out’ over 170,000 books. Special Pressreader computers offer access to over 5,000 newspapers, trade journals and periodicals from 80 countries, in 50 different languages.
The library is the living room of the city where people of all ages and backgrounds come together. Older people often meet one another at the library to take part in various workshops. We organise neighbourhood debates about locally relevant topics at various locations in the city. During lectures and talk shows, authors, poets, thinkers and philosophers from all over the world join in shared conversations about literature, art and culture, science and society.
- See an overview of all the events organized in the library (in Dutch).
- See an overview of all library addresses and opening hours (in Dutch).
One of the most fun libraries in the Netherlands can be found in Delft and is called DOK. DOK has two locations throughout Delft: DOK Centrum (Vesteplein 100) and DOK Voorhof (Duke Ellingtonstraat 203). Not only can you enjoy their extensive collection of (e-)books and Dvd's, you can always join one of the many activities that are held in the library. There is always something that caters to everyone's liking: from workshops to getting help with your homework and from lectures to learning how to program games. Also, Taalhuis is located in DOK Voorhof, which is the starting point for learning Dutch.
Bibliotheek aan de Vliet is Rijswijk's main library. It is located at Generaal Eisenhowerplein 101. Here you will find a collection of 135.000 titles, from books to films, newspapers and magazines. What is special about this library is that you can borrow works of arts at the Kunstuitleen here. Also, it has a great variety of fun and educational activities for young and old alike. You can subscribe to their interesting courses and workshops or take your children to a film or theatre performance. And if you want to learn Dutch, you will find the support you need at Taalhuis which is located in this library as well. You can also join Taalcafé, where you can practice your Dutch while meeting new people and sharing experiences.
Leidschendam-Voorburg has two libraries: one located in Leidschendam (Fluitpolderplein 5) and one in Voorburg (Koningin Julianalaan 257). Here you will find a collection of 135.000 titles, from books to films, newspapers and magazines. The libraries have a great variety of fun and educational activities for young and old alike. You can subscribe to their interesting courses and workshops or take your children to a film or theatre performance. And if you want to learn Dutch, you will find the support you need at Taalhuis which is located in this library as well.