WATCH: Enjoy a free book at this pop-up library

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The Book Stop Project is a pop-up public library and book exchange that aims to remove the barriers between books and people. Photo from THE BOOK STOP PROJECT/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Visit Bonifacio High Street Park today and you’ll find an odd structure — a set of wooden steps going upward, sheltering shelves containing a variety of books. The structure is a mobile library created by WTA Architecture and Design Studio as part of The Book Stop Project, a pop-up public library and book exchange initiative. The unconventional structure grabs your attention immediately, but its design serves a purpose. The steps are meant to give people a space to sit and read.

The idea was to bring libraries “closer to the people, make them accessible 24/7, and remove any barriers between people and the books,” says William Ti, the principal architect at WTA Architecture and Design Studio, who believes that access to books and libraries is essential to creating change. “I think we’ve forgotten that reading is important in terms of creating awareness. Knowledge creates awareness, and awareness creates an active citizenry.”

Watch the video below to learn more about The Book Stop Project: