On Thursday, NYPL unveiled a Library Train, which is designed to look like the iconic Rose Reading Room with the seats and walls on each car made to resemble bookshelves (and a faux–Gilded Age ceiling to boot). The train is scheduled to run on the E and F lines between Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
For the next six weeks, any member of the public can head to subwaylibrary.com or download the library's reader app, SimplyE, to have unlimited access to a wide selection of NYPL-provided e-books. The initiative also aims to promote the free Wi-Fi service at each of the subway's underground stations, which rolled out late last year. When users log onto the service, a link to the Subway Library website will appear, encouraging you to read a book instead of your Facebook feed.
The library is also handing out a series of pretty sweet prizes for people who post photos of a Subway Library poster on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #SubwayLibrary and the handle @TWWifi. Two participants will be randomly selected every other week during the campaign to win prizes like an Amazon Kindle Voyager.
In any case, catching the Library Train should be a welcome surprise for those who rely on the F train—it's a huge upgrade from the hellish hour-long delay on the line earlier this week.