Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) will be joining the “Browse, Borrow, Board” experimental program, developed in partnership with the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Transit riders across Massachusetts will be able to access digital content provided by the Boston Public Library through this initiative. WRTA plans to roll out the program in late December.
This collaboration aims to foster community connectivity by giving users of public transportation the opportunity to browse digital audiobooks, eBooks, newspapers, and magazines while waiting for their bus. The content is available in multiple languages and for multiple age ranges. Riders are able to borrow reading materials to enjoy on the go, free of charge, without need for a specific app or a library card.
The collection can be retrieved by scanning a QR code that will be posted on interior ad cards aboard WRTA buses, in addition to signage located at the WRTA Union Station Hub.
Once the QR code is scanned, users will be prompted to register for a temporary account with an email and password. This account will allow borrowers to access up to five eBooks or audiobooks at a time and unlimited magazines and newspapers. All registered users will receive an email confirming their registration, along with information on how to connect with their local library.
Regional Transit Authorities across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to join the program on a rolling basis in an effort to promote literacy, local libraries, and public transportation.
The program will be evaluated by the end of 2024 to understand its effectiveness, appeal to riders, and any operational impacts.
Signage will be posted on WRTA vehicles and at the hub later this month, detailing how to join this free program.
For more information, please visit: bpl.org/browse-borrow-board