Taipei City DOT calls on citizens to return books to 'mobile library'
By Lauly Li,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan --The Taipei City Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday called on citizens who have borrowed books from the “mobile library” on buses to return books once they have finished reading them, as the amount of books for the program is insufficient.
March 8, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
DOT official Chan Chen-liang (詹政良) said the city government launched the mobile library program on public bus routes 1, 32 and 205 in December to encourage reading.
Chan said the program allows passengers to borrow books for free, without the need to apply for a library card. People can return the borrowed books on any route of the public bus or at any of the city's public library branches.
Chan said on average 200 books were borrowed from the buses a day, with 18,897 being borrowed thus far. Chan added however, that the return rate is low.
DOT Commissioner Wang Shang-wei (王聲威) said the mobile library is a pioneering work of public service, believing it will change people's impression of buses from merely a form of public transportation to a cultural public space; however, the program is still in a trial stage and there remains room for improvement.
Wang said the mobile library will adopt the public library's rule of requiring books to be returned in 30 days and will encourage passengers to borrow one book at a time to allow other passengers the chance to borrow books.
Wang said the city government is considering expanding the program by increasing bookshelves on buses, but the program also relies on the amount of books and requires a high return rate.
The program is based on mutual trust between citizens and the city government, Wang said, adding that he would like to remind citizens who finish reading a book to return it so everyone can enjoy reading.
Wang said the city government and public libraries welcome citizens to donate second-hand books for the program.
“The more the better.”