By Zheng Xin (China Daily)
|self-service library attracts a passer-by's attention in Beijing recently. Containing more than 400 books, it allows users to borrow and return books 24-hours a day. Lu Ming / China News Service|
Self-service libraries are becoming increasingly popular with Beijing residents, with 50 having sprung up across the city over the past year and 100 more are expected to open in the coming months.
The 24-hour service allows readers to choose from 20,000 books housed in giant automatic machines scattered across the capital.
And the convenience of the service has proved popular, with self-service libraries being the source of 31.63 percent of all books borrowed from public libraries in Beijing's Chaoyang district since they were introduced last year. (read more...)