Discussion: Little Free Libraries


Have you heard of Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

I know of a few in my area but they’re kind of out of my way and one is at a bank that I don’t have an account or any business with so I had never been to one. A few weeks ago, though, I was driving along and I saw a cute little box with a clear door and handle and inside it there were…books!


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And on the next block I saw another Little Free Library!

I didn’t stop that day, but I’ve been back twice and I’ve left books each time. I didn’t find anything inside either of them that I wanted to read, but I’m going to keep visiting. Maybe someday there will be something for me. Even if there never is, it’s still a fun way to donate books that I’m finished reading. I don’t keep most of my books anyway, so I don’t care if I don’t get back the amount of books I put in. I have so many books that I’ll still put most of my books in the donation bins in the spring for the big book sales, but once a month or so I’ll take a small amount of books to the Little Free Library boxes.



  1. I would LOVE it there was a Little Free Library by me! I doubt that is going to happen, though, since our community would probably ‘outlaw’ them as a ‘nuisance’. So for now, I just donate to the Friends of Library for the annual book fair…..then go to book fair and buy another year’s worth of books….
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  2. I actually think we have one small library box in my neighbourhood, I saw a note about it somewhere once, but I didn’t know where it was so I haven’t stopped by to check it out. I might have to write the address down next time. They sure seem like a great way to find new books or to make sure books you don’t want anymore find a new home.
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  3. This is such an amazing concept and a truly fantastic way of both giving and discovering new books. I wish there was one where I lived because I would love this! I am super happy that you are getting some enjoyment out of Little Free Libraries though. Great post, Jenna!

    • I keep wanting to go back and check on my books to see if they’ve been taken. The last time I was there, they had not, but the right person just needs to come along. A lot of the books there were the same as the earlier time I visited. I did see two girls who appeared to be about 13 at one of them and I put YA books in, so hopefully they will find them soon.
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  4. I love these! I’ve been coveting them ever since Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner posted about them a while back. I keep meaning to visit some local ones but I haven’t yet. I plan to hopefully get one as soon as I have a house instead of an apartment!
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    • I haven’t been able to keep up with everyone lately so I didn’t even know she had posted about them recently. I just checked her site though and read up. 🙂 I hope I can find more of them. It’s a fun idea. I’ve thought about having one but I’m outside a small town and not even in a neighborhood or on a main road so I doubt many people would find me.
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  5. Stephanie says:

    There’s only one listed in all of my metro area and it’s only 10 minutes away! Lucky me! I’ll be making a trip there this weekend.