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The man who turned his home into a public library

By Kate McGeown

The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want – even permanently. As Guanlao says: “The only rule is that there are no rules.”

It’s a policy you might assume would end very quickly – with Mr Guanlao having no books at all.

But in fact, in the 12 years he’s been running his library – or, in his words, his book club – he’s found that his collection has grown rather than diminished, as more and more people donate to the cause.

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