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TOKYO -- The Gifu Prefectural Library in Japan is testing a book-delivery service in which users can order books and pick them up at nearby convenience stores, according to The Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The service has been well received, according to librarians.
Half of Japan's local governments do not have a library, though the country is gaining approximately 70 libraries a year. There are still only two public libraries for every 100,000 Japanese.