The story comes from the website of radio station KCBS:
BART has become the first transit system in the country to make library books available to commuters.Wouldn't it be great to see similar programs all across the country?
Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover became the first to use the kiosk at the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station, swiping a library card in order to choose from 400 books stored in the machine.
The Bay Area program is modeled after similar ones in Europe. "A lot of people, particularly in East County, have a long commute. They drive to the BART station here and take BART into wherever it is they go to work and so we wanted them to be able to pick up a book on their way and not have to worry about getting to the library, you know, during its open hours," explained one librarian who was on hand for the unveiling of the kiosk.
Once finished, readers simply return the books to the BART book kiosk.