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Taipei library expands services through convenience stores

2016/10/17 18:42:11

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) The Taipei Public Library, which curates more than 7 million volumes, increased its services to the national level Monday by allowing its members to collect and return borrowed books at nearly 10,000 convenience stores around Taiwan.

The library said the new service is an expansion of a simple book-return program it initiated in February 2015 in cooperation with FamilyMart, one of the largest convenience store chains in Taiwan.

Following the service of allowing its members to return books through FamilyMart, it further allied with the 7-Eleven and Hi-Life convenience store chains and expanded the service to the degree that when members register online to borrow materials from the library, they can collect them at any designated convenience store in the country.

The service, however, is not free. Users must have a library card, must register online as a convenience store service user, and must pay a deposit of NT$200 (US$6.29), according to the library.

Members can borrow up to five books each time but also have to pay a distribution fee of NT$50 for the delivery, the library said.

"By increasing the number of its service spots from 74 to nearly 10,000 around Taiwan, and prolonging its service time to 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, people will be able to get books any time from close to where they live," it said in a statement.

"Knowledge can be shared and exchanged everywhere," the library said.

(By Chu Tze-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)