More than 200 local libraries across the U.S. and Canada have launched an initiative called “Book Free Week” that aims to provide free books to their patrons.
According to the initiative, the Library of Congress has more than 1,000 titles in print, and they will be available for purchase for all to read.
The Library of the Ohio will be accepting new titles for purchase beginning Monday, October 5.
The library also is offering free access to the entire library’s electronic collection for members.
“We are pleased to announce that libraries across our nation and around the world will be participating in Book Free Week to offer their patrons access to their favorite titles, while offering a unique opportunity to read them online,” the Libraries of Congress said in a statement.
The initiative is designed to help ensure libraries are stocked with books for the holidays and the fall, when many libraries are closed.
The L.C.E. also has a gift shop for books.
“We are thrilled to partner with local libraries to provide patrons with new, exciting, and affordable gifts for the holiday season,” the L.L.C.’s statement reads.
“This is a great opportunity to help libraries in their effort to keep our collections stocked and accessible to our members.”
The L.A. Public Library, which has a total of 6,000 books in print across its branches, will also be accepting free books for its members on Wednesday, October 6.
The LA Library of Science will be offering members free access beginning on Monday, Oct. 9.
The New York City Public Library will be providing free access starting on Wednesday.
The Library of America’s Washington, D.C., branch will be launching the new initiative on Wednesday evening.
“With the launch of Book Free week, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to bring a little joy to our patrons and to make their holiday shopping more convenient and affordable,” a spokesperson said.
The organization also launched a “Weekly Holiday Gift Guide” on Wednesday to help patrons find the best gift ideas for the year.
“In a time when people are looking for new ways to spend time with their family, the holidays are always a great time to celebrate family, friends, and loved ones,” the spokesperson said in the statement.
“Our goal is to offer our members, their families, and friends a way to enjoy reading a book for the day with a book of their choice.”
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