Ironically, but perfectly realistically, this project puts books into "circulation". The conjunction of two programs, transportation and reading, seems simple on the surface. But the jury retained this invitation as a means to share books. This is not a simple newspaper stand, it is a mini public library and therefore a real public place: what some libraries sometimes struggle to embody, by imposing themselves as inaccessible places rather than open to all. By literally exposing certain books, the Integrated Metro Library would also contribute to the stimulation of the curiosity of certain passengers by slowing down the flow while increasing the possibility of meetings and exchanges. The idea of connecting people through books enhances the public transportation experience. It forces people to look away from their screens, slow down and browse the library. While the proposed disinfectant dispensers at the exit seem out of place, or even unnecessary, the jury prefers to see this integration of the library as a potential solution to the waiting problem. The community dimension recharacterizes the subway corridor as a public space for sharing.
(From jury report)