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Forget libraries, now borrow from book chains

kolkata Updated: Dec 14, 2009 13:16 IST

Lending and borrowing of books is common among acquaintances. But ever imagined borrowing a book from a complete stranger?

The British Council has struck upon such a concept, which it calls 'book chain', under which books can be borrowed and lent out free of cost even among strangers.

Launched last week for the first time in India on an experimental basis, the book chain will enable members from the British Council's Library (BCL) to lend out books to anyone, including non-members.

"After you finish reading the book borrowed from the British Council, you are expected to pass it on to someone else, so that others can also read it too. In this way we will create book chains by linking people together as the books are passed on from one person to another," Aparna Bhattacharya, Manager, Young Audiences and Future Leaders of the British Council Library (BCL), told PTI here.

Interestingly, anyone who receives the book can be a part of the book chain without completing any formality or prerequisites.

"There are no geographical limits either. The book can be passed on even to someone living in another city or country," she said.