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The National Library of China and the Beijing MTR hope to bring a little culture to the frazzling subway commutes of nearly 10 million daily subway riders in China’s bustling capital. The new initiative, titled “M-Library,” allows passengers equipped with a smart device to simply scan a QR code off of a poster on the subway car in order to gain access to the virtual shelves.

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