Passengers who ride on the Subway Library are invited to “browse and download books, short stories, chapters, and excerpts that can be read quickly and easily" during a commute.
Commuting just got a lot better for New Yorkers, thanks to an inspiring collaboration between the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). “Subway Library,” a free digital platform,” is now active and invites passengers to “browse and download books, short stories, chapters and excerpts that can be read quickly and easily during your commute.”
As The New York Times reports, the educational transit system which will run for six weeks is made up of 10 subway cars which are covered in bright blue, purple, green, yellow and orange. The Subway Library, which alternates between the E and F lines in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, is easy to spot, has seats which resemble books and offers free downloadable materials from the city’s public libraries.
If one chooses, they can connect to a WiFi network available to travelers in trains and stations, then download dozens of digital books, short stories, and excerpts which were donated to the New York Public Library by publishers. The ultimate aim is to improve people’s commutes and contribute to increased literacy in the United States.
Lynn Lobash said, manager of reader services for the New York Public Library:
“It used to be that you were ‘unplugged’ on the subway, and even though you’re connecting to the wireless now, you’ll still have the sense of being unplugged when reading books. It’s a lot different than the frantic sense of checking your email or being on Twitter.”
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