Meet the bin men who built their own library (and it wasn’t rubbish!)

Refuse workers in Turkish capital Ankara rescued 6,000 books from the brink of landfill before starting their own community library

A group of Turkish bin men who saw books being dumped for landfill have taken our #WhyBooksMatter ethos to new heights.

The refuse workers in Ankara started hoarding books for employees and their families to borrow. But their mini-library got so popular they soon had a 6,000-strong book collection – and had to expand their shelves.

So they transformed an empty brick factory near their HQ and filled it up not only with books but also a lounge for readers and a chess board for visitors. The community now flocks to the library after it opened its doors to the public in September.

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The library opened its doors to the public in September

“Before, I wished that I had a library in my house. Now we have a library here,” said bin man Serhat Baytemur.

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