Robbers force entry into public library

27th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Robbers force entry into public library

27 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The recently opened main location of the Amsterdam Public Library was raided on Sunday night. An unknown number of robbers forced their way into the building on the Oosterdokseiland and overpowered the three security guards, director Hans van Velzen said on Monday.

The guards were locked up for several hours, but managed ultimately to free themselves and call police. It is still unclear what the thieves were after. The library, the largest in the Netherlands, is closed for the time being while detectives investigate. Dozens of people were disappointed to find the doors closed on Monday morning.

Van Velzen says the library was extremely busy over the past few days in connection with the Uitmarkt festival that was organised in the area. On Saturday and Sunday 20,000 people visited the library. A popular restaurant is also situated on the premises.

Princess Laurentien opened Amsterdam's new library on 7 July. The 13-storey building near the Central Station has a collection of 1.5 million books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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