This summer saw the opening of the world’s first airport library:
Opened with little fanfare over the summer, the library — the first ever at a major international airport — has 1,200 books in more than two dozen languages, all by Dutch authors or on subjects relating to the country’s history and culture…
There are 18 million passengers a year that only transfer through Schiphol… their layovers, he said, averaged somewhere between five and seven hours. “Most of these people never leave the airport, so they don’t see anything of Holland.”
Imagine airports everywhere with small libraries. Travelers pick up books as they board, drop them off when they land. The collections of books that accumulate at each location, by spine alone, would be stories of those who pass through.