Shanghai’s Mobile Library

15 Apr 2014

I was surprised to see a library-on-wheels in Shanghai’s Jing’an Park the other day. The vehicle is called “Reader No. 1” in English, “读者1号” in Chinese.

Shanghai's Mobile Library

Shanghai's Mobile Library

Shanghai's Mobile Library

Shanghai's Mobile Library

Shanghai's Mobile Library

The mobile library visits various spots in Jing’an District three times per week, for two hours each time. According to the sign, this has been going on since 2010? I had no idea.

I wonder how many foreigners are using this service?

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. I love bookmobiles! Ah, the memories of the bookmobile coming to our neighborhood…

  2. Last week I came across this book lending machine here in Beijing: http://tinyurl.com/ohf9zsd. Note the sign seems to suggest it’s a district-level thing, though.

  3. It’s awesome that libraries still exist in today’s internet world.

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