Readers borrow library books through WeChat in Hangzhou

(9 December 2016) In Hangzhou, southern China’s Zhejiang province, borrowing books from the library is now as simple and convenient as shopping online: click, pay and wait for delivery.

The city’s public library recently launched a program on WeChat, a popular Chinese messaging software, enabling its readers to check out books online and get them delivered to their homes at low prices, according to a report by Daily Business.

To enjoy the “Hangzhou yue du”, or “Hangzhou enjoyable reading” service, one first needs to follow the library’s official WeChat account, which provides a list of available books. After picking books, borrowers are required to submit information such as their library membership card number, ID number, cell phone number and delivery address.  has the full story.