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Bibliometro – Reading promotion (on the) underground in Madrid

In Madrid, a simple but nonetheless effective means of promoting reading has existed since 2005: Bibliometro. This is a small library that is situated where thousands of commuters in Madrid spend their time, that is in the underground stations. The municipality of Madrid co-operates with the public libraries and thus intends to bring the world of books closer to the citizens’ spheres of life. This goal can be achieved, as the initiative has been highly successful since 2005. The service, Bibliometro, is free of charge, and it is now provided at 12 underground stations, with a total of 90,000 copies available for loan, pertaining to 800 titles. The library ticket is valid for Bibliometro as well as for all of the other public libraries in the city. 15 ,760 new readers were registered in the year 2007 alone. The loan stations are located in well-lit, container-type buildings with an integrated terminal and a computer screen. The computer screen offers users an overview of available titles, which can alternatively be browsed in a printed catalogue. The service is opened daily from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. but books can also be returned outside these opening hours at any of the twelve stations.

Target Group:Youth; Adults;  
Internet:http: / / www-1.munimadrid.es / bibliometro /