Charleston County Public Library has teamed up with CARTA to provide riders with an immersive experience offering books to pass the time on their rides.

The new Books on Buses Program allows commuters easy access to the literature they might not otherwise have at the bus stop. Kathleen Montgomery, the library’s outreach manager, said she hoped the project would provide new opportunities for Charleston communities.

“It’s one of our goals to provide people free and convenient access to books so they can enjoy them and share them with their families,” she said. Books on Buses features boxes at two North Charleston CARTA stops at the Rivers Avenue Park and Ride lot (1251 Melnick Dr.) in upper North Charleston and the Superstop at the intersection of Rivers and Cosgrove avenues.

Each box contains books local residents can enjoy independently or with their families. And the best part: The books do not need to be returned to the box or any library location.

CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings gave an insight into the value literature has on his community and the benefits of the merger. “Reading and public transit both have the ability to transport us,” said Seekings.

Be on the lookout for new books near you on your next CARTA ride.