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In the mezzanine of the M1 at Porta Venezia comes the first library in the metro

Milan, 25 July 2022 - Even a short journey can become a journey in the company of a book. The first smart library, the library in the metro, was inaugurated today, in the mezzanine of the Porta Venezia station of the M1 line of the Milan metro. It works like normal food and drink machines, but instead of dispensing coffee, it offers a completely free service, giving passengers and commuters the opportunity to choose between their authors and titles. favorites. The offer is wide and updated, to satisfy all tastes and age groups, and does not contain only books: in fact, there are 400 products available including paper volumes, audiobooks, comics and DVDs. The project, implemented thanks to a co-financing obtained by the Lombardy Region and by virtue of the consolidated collaboration with ATM, allowed the installation of a real library fully robotized, which dialogues with the Library System catalog, which will record loan transactions in real time. An opportunity for passengers who can choose their favorite book while waiting for the train and return it between trips. The smart library, which follows the opening hours of the metro and is therefore open seven days a week, from six in the morning until late midnight, is accessible not only to those who are enrolled in the library system but also for citizens residing in Milan, for whom it will be enough, through a QR Code, to access a page where you can register for free and in real time (with SPID or Electronic Identity Card), and then to the loan. The new service is part of the larger Biblioexpress project, already launched in 2020 as part of the strategy that aims to ensure greater territorial proximity, and which already sees thirty newsstands and five bookstores active as loan points in neighborhoods. ATM and Milanese libraries have been collaborating for years for “Milan to read”, the reading promotion initiative that provides free ebooks offered by publishers, in the common belief that book represents an instrument of culture, updating, but also of sociality and inclusion. The new service of the library in the metro renews the collaboration also in terms of the most recent guidelines regarding the city accessible with guaranteed services 24 hours a day reachable in 15 minutes. In the preliminary phase of testing the machine (which should end with the end of the summer), the library will propose an endowment of only books and it will be possible to access only a loan to come back.

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