Gander Airport opens a Flybrary with free books for passengers

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Gander airport was once one of the busiest international airports in the world

Passengers at Gander International Airport can now pick up books for their travels thanks to the Gander Public Library.

The YQX Flybrary is a partnership between Gander Public Library and the Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA).

Library staff have stocked a book trolley in the airport with a wide range of over 100 titles free to all passengers. The gently used and donated books are curated by library staff and will be updated when needed.

Passengers are welcome to keep the books, should they wish. If passengers want to return the book, they can drop it at the airport information counter upon return. The YQX Flybrary also welcomes those who want to leave a book.

The books come from the library and include duplicates. More than a hundred books were ‘borrowed’ last week alone. Hopefully as more passengers hear about and use the Flybrary, they will bring in more stock to replenish the books that have been used by departing passengers.

Ideally there are two ways the library can be topped up:

  • arriving passengers donate book they’ve read on their fligh
  • departing passengers bring one they’ve read

This is an excellent idea and more airports worldwide should embrace the idea.

Courtney Crocker, Regional Librarian of Central Division with NLPL:

“Few things excite me more than a new read and I know our patrons feel the same way. Whether you enjoy a thriller, mystery, romance or biography, you will be able to find a book on the YQX Flybrary to entertain you while you are traveling.

“The staff at Gander Public Library are delighted to share the love of reading with the community.”

GIAA President and CEO Reg Wright:

“I am delighted the great team at our library partnered on this. I never board an airplane without a book – if you are flying alone, it’s the best travel companion.

“Doesn’t need to be powered down during descent, portable and can help you while away time in transit or at destination.”

About Gander International Airport (YQX)

Gander International Airport is on Newfoundland Island, in the North East of Canada. It is the closest airport in North America to Europe.

Airlines: Airlines operating from Gander are:

  • Air Canada
  • WestJet
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • PAL Airlines

Passenger numbers: 177,532 passengers used the airport in 2017.

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Gander International Airport (YQX)