Commuters can grab a book on-the-go following the launch of a new book swap scheme at Elstree and Borehamwood station.

There are 500 books available to take on your journey - visitors are free to take one, have a read, return the book, and take a new one.

The scheme has been arranged by the Rotary Club at The Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood and the station team.

Rotarian Irmine Mason said: "I have often seen similar schemes working in France as well as some train and tube stations and other public places in the UK. Reading plays a huge part in opening one’s mind to different experiences, beliefs and cultures."

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Irmine Mason (left) with Helen Stammers

Ms Mason has been working with fellow Rotarian Helen Stammers to plan the project, raise the funds, source and order the equipment, collect the books, organise the launch and ensure the scheme runs smoothly in the future.

Ms Stammers added: "I joined Rotary for the opportunity to work for the good of our community. I could see it was a catalyst for proposals such as this to develop an idea to a working project. "The book swap has been a lot of work, but absolutely worthwhile for the end result of seeing people happily choosing a free book from the shelf. Their positive response made me proud to have worked with Irmine to make her idea a reality."

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Rotarian Sandra Parnell

Station manager Marc Asamoah added: "I think the book exchange is a great idea and would like to thank the local community for supporting us with this. We have a new station feel and this will add even more value for our passengers.

"I had been asked by quite a few people if there was going to be a book exchange so when the Rotarians came forward with their proposal it was perfect timing."

People are also being asked to donate books to the scheme.

A similar scheme has been running at Radlett station too.