Budapest has one delightful and very practical resource for the reading public: drop-off book stations where people can both deposit and pick up books. These are … ahem … stationed in the northwestern district of Obuda, which as per the description on the book stations, describes itself as “the cultural city.” And the principle is that they serve as book exchanges: readers leave one book and borrow one – or of course, can donate as many as they like.

In keeping with the same Budapest public spirit that sees guests at bars and cafes leave their bags and phones unattended when they slip outside to have a smoke, the practice doesn’t seem to have fallen victim to abuse, at least yet. Doors on the book stations are left open, and as you can see, they seem to stay well stocked for any passing readers to enjoy. More details are available on the Facebook page here.



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