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A 150-year old Australian public library has a new true-romance section after introducing speed-dating nights for lovers of classic texts.REUTERS/Mike Segar "/The main reading room of The New York Public Library is pictured December 14, 2004.

REUTERS/Mike Segar CANBERRA (Reuters) - A 150-year old Australian public library has a new true-romance section after introducing speed-dating nights for lovers of classic texts.

The state library of Victoria in Melbourne introduced dating with a literary twist after the idea was raised at a staff party.

Those who attend must bring a book they either love or loathe as a conversation starter, ensuring there are no uneasy silences during the series of five-minute dates. It’s designed to bring book lovers together,” the library’s project manager, Jackie Felstead, told Reuters Wednesday.

The library’s first event was quickly sold out with 52 book lovers taking part, and 13 couples linking up for further dates.

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