The Surrey City Centre Library is taking an unorthodox route to entice individuals looking to learn. Instead of solely relying on lending out physical and electronic books or even predictably embracing social media outlets as a way to bring in new customers, this library will be lending out people. Your first thought might be along the lines of an escort service, but this is far from the case.
The Surrey City Centre Library, which is based in British Columbia, will be offering a unique service in which the public can borrow volunteers with particularly interesting skills or histories. Once requested, the lender will meet their "living book" in the library's cafe.
Although the Surrey City Centre Library believes this is an effort to break down stereotypes and promote discussion, it also appears like a worthy gimmick to keep libraries alive.
The Surrey City Centre Library to Offer 'Living Books' to the Public
Meghan Young — August 22, 2011 — Business
References: canada & geekosystem