Where am I off to this week?
My next stops on my 2017 European Tour as a digital nomad continued in The Hague (Den Haag), Delft, and Utrecht, Netherlands at 3 different libraries.
Where are they?
So why did I choose to work out of libraries this week?
Libraries are a great place in many countries around the world to read, study, congregate, and even work. I have even heard about a few coworking spaces that are located inside of a library.
When I look for places to work, I absolutely need only a few things. My usual basics to work are WiFi, coffee, and a place I can take a phone call. Sometimes WiFi isn’t even necessary for some of what I do such as writing. With that being all I need, a library can be a great fit for getting work done.
While I was in the Netherlands, I had seen a number of beautiful libraries that all had WiFi and cafes located inside them. I knew I had to take advantage of it and see how I could work out of them.
I visited three libraries in the Netherlands which were located in The Hague, Delft, and Utrecht, Netherlands.
The biggest thing that stood out was how I felt like the Netherlands as a whole had prioritized spending time and energy creating usable and updated spaces that fit the growing needs of the population. It wasn’t just an empty dark place with old books. The windows were large, the collection of books updated, plenty of tables to use laptops, strong Wifi, and quite busy.
Image from https://www.facebook.com/bibliotheekdenhaag (I didn’t want to bother people taking photos inside)
In regards to getting work done, there were different areas or floors for reading, studying, or being a little louder and having a chat. It was easy to find a spot to plug in, get some work done, and have a call. The WiFi was also strong and the cafes had reasonably priced food and drinks.
Without a doubt, I would work out of libraries in the Netherlands again.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that these were not coworking spaces. I wasn’t going to build a community here or really meet many people. I probably could if I tried but it wasn’t designed for that.
As I continue to work in new places and coworking or shared workspaces, I will try out more libraries as comparisons as well as work out of some of the libraries that have actually established coworking spaces in the building.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
Where should I go next? What questions do you want me to answer to help you on your journey?