Athenaeum nowadays remains one of Holland’s largest independent bookstores. Its company-structure in fact features a co-ownership by the staff to underline this independent status. Athenaeum Booksellers was founded in 1966, opened its unique “Newscentre” in 1969, a branch in Haarlem in 1988 and several campus-stores in the local city college in 1998. In later years a museum bookshop in the Rijksmuseum and a webshop (www.athenaeum.nl) were added. The Amsterdam bookshop on the lively Spui boasts a large stock not only in the literary field, but also in various academic fields, such as (classical and modern) languages, the humanities and the social sciences. About 40% of our stock is self-imported. Athenaeum is the preferred supplier of books to many Amsterdam-based cultural and academic institutions. The Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum offers foreign and local newspapers and magazines, plus a selection of travel guides and books on design, fashion and lifestyle (blog).
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