Stockholm will soon introduce library book dispensers on the city’s underground rail system to encourage commuters to read.

Automatic book dispensers will be installed on station platforms, starting with test machines at Liljeholmen, T-Centralen and Gullmarsplan.

Commuters will be able to stick their library card into the ‘bookomatic’ and choose from up to 700 titles, reports Svenska Dagbladet.

Martin Hafström, a spokesman for the City Library, said the idea was to reach out to people who don’t normally read books.

He said: "We want to expand interest both in reading and in literature in general. I think that this is an interesting experiment, since Stockholm has the country’s biggest public transport network."

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