Established on 1578, the Library of the University of Amsterdam counts with a collection of 4 million volumes on the history of the book trade, graphic design, typography and church history, among others, as well as an impressive map collection.
Patrick Beekveldt is a staff member of the library of the University of Amsterdam. Besides this, he has his own company as a trainer and personal and professional coach. Born in Amsterdam he enjoyed the city and at the age of 33 decided to move to a quieter and greener part of The Netherlands. As a passionate gardener, he loves growing and eating delicious vegetables.
“After leaving the luggage in the hotel we went to meet Patrick in the University Library. One of the nicest people we met so far, he gave us gifts, presented us the Library and took us in a tour of the hidden treasures of the city, which included spectacular views, hundreds of years of history, nice curiosities and a chat in the Prostitution Information Center in the famous Red Light District. Amsterdam is somehow special for me because it was the first place I traveled to outside of Brazil, six years ago. It's good to be back and see the city once again.”
“The representative of the library treated us with hospitality and love showing us special spots in Amsterdam. Little walk with Patrick was an entirely delight for me because this lovely man shared with us his personal insights and opinion regarding the city.”
“He is a very inspiring person and adorable, he doesn't work as a guide, but for me was the best guide I could imagine.”
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