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U.S. Airports Team Up With Local Libraries to Offer Free Reading Material

Excerpt from USA Today

Aug 21, 2013 9:16 am

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Libraries just may be experiencing a renaissance (or simply “having a moment.”) With many hotels installing lending libraries, and now airports supporting that trend, reading may regain its once-prominent role in the traveling experience.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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A skybridge at Seattle-Tacoma airport advertises the airport's partnership with the local library system. J Brew / Flickr


Today, just a few airport terminals have anything resembling a traditional library. But airports are finding other ways to offer travelers plenty of reading material for free.

As celebrated in a recent issue of Library Journal, many U.S. airports are partnering with local libraries to expand reading opportunities for passengers who often have plenty of time on their hands while waiting for a flight. Many of these partnerships take advantage of complimentary airport Wi-Fi and the fact that so many people now travel with an e-reader, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.

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