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In digital age, more hotels are adding libraries

To entice travelers into spending more time and money in their properties, hotels ranging from giant chains to boutique properties are increasingly creating cozy libraries, The New York Times reports.

Call it a backlash against our hyper-connected 21st century lifestyles. Guests can now take respite in lobbies that bear more resemblance to libraries and home studies than formal waiting spaces.

The Library Hotel in New York hotel has taken this trend the furthest by placing books in rooms that have been organized according to the classic Dewey Decimal system classification.

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Library-like areas can also be found in the lobbies of larger chain hotels such as the Hyatt Magnificent Mile in Chicago, the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel and the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, Sunstone Hotel Investor Chief Operating Officer Marc Hoffman told the Times.

The article also cites Country Inns and Suites, part of the Carlson Rezidor chain, which partnered with the Penguin book publisher to launch a book-swapping project called Read It and Return Lending Library. The goal is to create a sense of community and goodwill amongst travelers, the story says. Other hotels organize author readings and stock books by local authors.

Hotels are now encouraging guests to spend more time away from home in a space that feels just like home. “We’re creating spaces people can relax in,” Hoffman told the New York Times.