The New York Public Library Introduces ‘Subway Library’ With Free E-Books

You know when it’s really hot outside and you live in a huge, crowded city and you need to use public transportation and it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you? To make that process slightly less terrible, this summer, New York City commuters will have access to tons of free reading material.

The New York Public Library has announced Subway Library, which its blog describes as “a new initiative between The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library, the MTA, and Transit Wireless that provides subway riders in New York City with free access to hundreds of e-books, excerpts, and short stories—all ready to read on the train.”

According to Bustle, “Riders can access e-books and short stories from The New York Public Library’s permanent collection, as well as excerpts made available through the generosity of publishers including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, Plympton, and Simon & Schuster.”

MTA customers can access the Subway Library by logging onto the TranslitWirelessWifi network and clicking on the prompt for There’s a broad selection of reading titles for all ages, and there’s even a “Library Train,” which is decorated like the Rose Main Reading Room at the NYPL branch on 42nd Street. This train will alternate between running on the E and F lines.



In between reading, you can enter to win some cool prizes. To enter, post a photo of yourself on Instagram or Twitter, either in the Library Train or in front of a Subway Library poster. Tag @MTA and @TWWifi and use the hashtag #SubwayLibrary, and you’ll have a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Voyager or a “special prize from the NYPL shop”  (three winners will be chosen for each).

Happy reading, sweaty masses!

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