Announcing #SubwayLibrary: Free E-Books for Your Commute
We're excited to announce the launch of Subway Library, a new initiative between The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library, the MTA, and Transit Wireless that provides subway riders in New York City with free access to hundreds of e-books, excerpts, and short stories—all ready to read on the train.
As part of the Subway Library celebration, don't miss the specially wrapped "Library Train," with the interior designed to look like NYPL's Rose Main Reading Room! The train will alternate running on the E and F lines, running through Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
How to Access the Subway Library
To access the Subway Library, MTA customers in underground subway stations can connect to the free TransitWirelessWiFi through their network settings and click on the SubwayLibrary.com prompt to start reading from a large selection of titles for all ages. The site was developed with the same technology we used to create our free SimplyE e-reader app.
Take a Photo with the Library Train and Win a Prize
Transit Wireless is giving riders a chance to win prizes—just post a photo with the Library Train or a Subway Library poster using the hashtag #SubwayLibrary and tag @TWWiFi on Instagram or Twitter, and you will be automatically entered to win an Amazon Kindle Voyager or a special prize from the NYPL Shop. Share a photo of yourself either near the Subway Library posters— which will appear throughout the system—or while riding the one-of-a-kind wrapped Subway Library train. Two winners will be randomly selected every other week and will be notified via direct message on the social media platform on which they posted. They will also be announced by @TWWiFi across social media. Learn more about the contest from Transit Wireless.
So, what's available via the Subway Library?
We have the first chapters of popular books—enough for a train trip or two. If you'd like to read on, download NYPL's SimplyE app to check out the full book. We also have the complete texts of dozens of classics and a great range of short stories you can read in a single sitting.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Eat the City by Robin Shulman
While underground, read about the city's history with food, production, and the culture at large.
Excerpt; a half-hour read. Part of our New York Stories section.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A New York Times bestseller getting a ton of well-deserved attention right now. The story of two lovers in a country on the brink of civil war, and their decisions about where, how, and when to leave.
Excerpt; a half-hour read. Part of our New & Noteworthy section.
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell
Read a full essay—"Awkward Thoughts About Superheroes and Doc McStuffins"—from Bell's hilarious new collection.
Full essay; an hour read. Part of our Selected Short Reads section.
Little Black Lies by Sandra Block
Scare yourself silly with this tale of madness and memory. Our extensive collection of thrillers to read underground also includes heavy hitters like James Patterson, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Douglas Preston, and more.
Excerpt; an hour read. Part of our Thrillers section.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Does Subway Library also have books for kids and teens? Indeed it does. Hand your phone over to your kid or read it again yourself, and remind yourself why getting stuck in the Met overnight would be the coolest thing that could ever happen to you.
Excerpt; a half-hour read. Part of our Children's section.
Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.
Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you'd recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!