A self-service book-lending machine was set up in the Yuechuan Bridge area two years ago, allowing people to borrow and return Sanya Library books 24 hours a day

The self-service book-lending machines are part of Sanya’s efforts to build a library system that's convenient, free and open to all.

Sanya began to build a "city of libraries" in 2011 and the city has built nineteen 24-hour self-service libraries in densely populated places and scenic spots.

The efforts have proven to be worthwhile. As of May 12, a total of 55,740 people had used the book-lending machines and the number of books lent out by these libraries reached 348,900.

According to Wang Changhua, a Sanya Library librarian, 8 more will be set up in the near future. This means there will be one public library for every 20,000 people.

With the machines scattered through large communities, transport hubs, residential communities and public parks, reading will become a part of life for Sanya residents, including those who can't afford to buy books and those who don't have time to go to a library.


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