You might think a library in an airport isn’t something that’s really going to work but think again. You’ve bought something to read on the flight, something light and easy, and now you don’t need it, it’s not the sort of book you want to keep. You also need to lighten the load so you can leave space for your holiday shopping.
So, why not drop it off at the airport’s Flybrary for another traveller to pick up for their flight reading? It’s a brilliant and novel idea, apparently first of its kind. On your way home again in a few weeks or days you can pop in again and pick up something for the flight home. The idea is to ‘pay it forward’ by leaving a book when you take one and is reliant on honesty by users.
This is the latest brainchild of the Cape Town International Airport and is part of a big project aimed at improving the ambiance of the airport. Look out for the eye-catching murals of popular attractions such as Boulders and Kalk Bay, reproductions of a wine cellar and Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. To get things started at the Flybrary it has been stocked it with a variety of second-hand books; staff and the public are urged to donate books if they can. The selection is varied – from classics to economics to light thrillers – there’s something for everyone. It’s located in the International terminal, in the corner near the coffee shop, and is accessible to the public as well as travellers.
We’re sure this is going to be a big hit and will be copied at other airports in South Africa.