Commuters Rejoice: The NYPL is Making a ‘Subway Library’

When riding the subway in New York, what do bookworms need more than air conditioning or sufficient leg room? A book, of course! Luckily, the transit system is providing all you sweaty New Yorkers with a new way to enjoy your literature (for free!) on your daily commute.


The new “Subway Library” initiative will provide commuters with 6 weeks of free downloadable books from the public libraries. To promote the program, brightly decorated trains will appear throughout the city with painted images of books adorning the walls. After logging on to the wifi available at every subway station, commuters will be given the option to log on to where they can browse thousands of books. Some of these titles include works by authors like Roxanne Gay, Audre Lorde and Maya Angelou, that is to say, it’s entirely possible that your dream summer reading list is waiting for you on the subway platform.


Here are a few titles you might find on your subway ride home from work:


Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin




The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende




Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


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…and many, many more!


Featured image courtesy of NY Times