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Hotels Flaunt On-Site Libraries as Attractive New Amenity

Excerpt from New York Times

Jul 30, 2013 6:16 am

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Offering the unexpected is a good tack for hotels right now, but who’s going to teach the younger patrons how to operate a book in print?

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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The Strand Bookstore in New York is one of the suppliers of hotel libraries. James Long / Flickr


Reading material in many hotel rooms has become about as spare as it can be — open the desk drawer and it might hold a Gideon Bible and a Yellow Pages.

But some hotels are giving the humble book another look, as they search for ways to persuade guests, particularly younger ones, to spend more time in their lobbies and bars. They are increasingly stocking books in a central location, designating book suites or playing host to author readings. While the trend began at boutique hotels like the Library Hotel in New York, the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., and the Study at Yale in New Haven, it is expanding to chain hotels.

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