Book vending machines!
The ChinaDaily news site says that self-service libraries are becoming increasingly popular with Beijing residents, with 50 having sprung up across the city over the past year. 100 more are expected to open in the coming months.
The 24-hour service allows readers to choose from 20,000 books housed in giant automatic machines scattered across the capital.
A single self-service library, containing more than 400 books, resembles an ATM but is about the size of three cars. When the self-service machine is running short of books or is damaged, the library will be informed through its data center and cameras installed in the remote device.
(This takes the ”goodwill” book depositories that have sprung up in Christchurch recently to a whole new level! – Natalie)