Book lovers and caffeine addicts will be in heaven at the newly opened municipal library in Takeo, Saga Prefecture. Along with browsing through the 200,000 titles, bookworms can also indulge in their coffee habit since a Starbucks is located inside the library.
This is probably the first public-private partnership of its kind between Starbucks Japan and a privately-operated public space. The city of Takeo asked Culture Convenience Club Co., the operator of the Tsutaya movie rental and bookshop chain, to run the newly revamped library because of their massive experience in running bookstores. In fact, CCC shouldered almost half of the $8 million needed to renovate the building. Aside from the Starbucks, the facility also houses a Tsutaya outlet where people can buy books and rent music and video software. The library also features a 50-meter-long open bookshelf. The titles are arranged not according to the “Nippon Decimal Classification” usually used in municipal libraries, but like in a typical bookstore, with genres like hobbies, living, fiction, etc.
CCC is also introducing its T Card customer loyalty card for new borrowers, but will also honor the residents’ existing library cards because some are concerned about their private data being used for commercial purposes. Customers will be allowed to drink their coffee while browsing through the books. Just don’t mind the inevitable coffee stains.
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