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We've discussed bookmobiles and mobile libraries before...but the NYC Subway Library's really on a roll!

We've discussed bookmobiles and mobile libraries before, in these forums, but the NYC Subway Library's really on a roll!


"In New York, a Library for Your Subway Ride"
By John Maher | June 13, 2017 | Publishers Weekly




  New York's three major public library systems—The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library—have teamed up with the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless to launch Subway Library, which offers free e-book downloads in subway stations.

The six-week promotion, according to a press release issued by the New York Public Library, offers free-ebooks, e-shorts, and excerpts from full-length books. The excerpts are meant to be read on New Yorkers' commutes. All content can be downloaded at subway stations, where riders can connect to the Subway Library website by using Transit Wireless WiFi, a city-wide system launched in 2011, and completed last year, providing all subway stations in the city with wireless internet and cell service. The Subway Library site was developed by the NYPL, and is similar to its SimplyE free e-book reader app. 





  Along with the promotion, a Library Train—a subway car featuring an interior that evokes the Rose Main Reading Room inside the 42nd Street branch of the NYPL—will alternate running along the 6th and 8th Avenue corridor lines of the E and F trains. A social media competition, in which riders can share photos of themselves by Subway Library posters or within the Subway Library train—offers six possible prizes, including three Amazon Kindle Voyages.

Courtesy NYPL - The Subway Library train interior.

E-books and short stories offered come from the New York Public Library's permanent collection, while excerpts have been made available by publishers including Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Plympton, and Simon & Schuster. Authors whose works are available through the project include Zadie Smith, Mohsin Hamid, Karen Russel, David Foster Wallace, Angie Thomas, and Lemony Snicket. 


I look forward to checking out the Subway Library train car. Even if you're not in NYC, though, you might find some titles among the Subway Library's selections sufficiently interesting to add to your TBR list.



Will you be checking out New York City's new Subway Library train or reviewing e-books from the Subway Library's reading list?

Poll Results
  • I'll check out the Subway Library train AND the e-books reading list (100%)
  • I'll check out the Subway Library train only (0%)
  • I'll check out the e-books reading list only (0%)
  • Other - please explain (0%)


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