• Airport libraries spike in popularity

    2013-08-23

    Getting stuck at an airport because of missed connections or delays can be a hassle, even for those travelers who have invested in travel insurance. To help these fliers pass the time, several travel hubs around the world have launched libraries and similar book share programs that provide books to the public.

    While traditional libraries may not have a place in airports, that hasn't stopped some facilities from offering free books. At the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, travelers can download free e-books to their tablets, while a similar program in Pennsylvania's regional airports provides free Wi-Fi connectivity for access to books, literature podcasts and historic city photos, USA Today reported.

    These services are great for tech-savvy travelers, but some still prefer the feel of a physical copy of a book. Airports in San Francisco and Amsterdam offer actual libraries for fliers to visit during layovers, with much of the focus of their collections revolving around local culture or aviation.

    In Helsinki, Finland, on the other hand, passengers are invited to participate in a book swap. Here fliers are free to sift through a collection of books and choose one to take with them on their journeys, provided they leave an old copy behind to replace it.

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