A publishing house that’s going out of business is donating more than 1,000 books for Belgian railway company SNCB's book boxes, according to a press release.
The little libraries let travellers deposit or borrow a book for their train journey free of charge.
SNCB installed book boxes in 43 stations last year in an effort to facilitate access to culture.
Little libraries become popular with travellers
“Since then, these book boxes have been used by many travellers looking for relaxation during their train journey. Many books have been borrowed and many more have been left in the boxes,” the company said.
Deliveries of the 1,100 books – which span three languages – are currently being made in collaboration with local libraries and volunteer sponsors among the SNCB employees who manage the little libraries.
Laurent Minguet, head of the publishing house that has recently ceased operations, said they “prefer sharing to wasting.”
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The book boxes are made from recycled train materials and are manufactured by a company using plans drawn up by pupils from the Saint-Luc school in Liège as a reference.
“The SNCB warmly thanks the publishing house for this donation, which allows these book boxes to be kept alive,” the railway company said.
“Every traveller can also do the same and leave their books so that others can escape through reading.”