Our cities are full of large libraries that are amazing and free, but here we have chosen to share the little tiny libraries that are springing up everywhere. These libraries can be created by anyone, anywhere and each one has a story to tell about the love of books, the love of sharing, and a sense of community.
Hundreds of little libraries have been created but not all of them have been photographed and shared. That’s why we set out to find as many little libraries as we could. We love how they add uniqueness to the areas of the cities and suburbs where they are found. We really enjoy the creativity that has gone into making these libraries and have included what we feel are the most creative from around the world.
We hope you enjoy this list of the most creative little libraries from around the world.
We would love to add more. Did we miss any from your neighborhood? Feel free to submit pictures at our Facebook or Twitter feeds to be added here or let us know in the comments below.
|Tree stump library|
|Robot library Monica Thompson|
|Tardis in Kenmore Washington, USA. Jennifer Brozek |
Wizard of Oz Tornado library Pomeroy Street
|Winchester, Texas USA. 'We decided to build a library that reflected our small community. |
A chicken coop theme fit us perfectly!' - Margaret Atkins.
|Created by Stereotank, a public installation project providing New Yorkers |
with a spontaneous opportunity to read a book.
|Tree trunk library in Jackson Street Seattle, USA|
|Library in a phone booth|
|Public Bookshelf created in a bus stop in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Houston, Texas USA. A boat-shaped Library at the church for Clear Lake Community. |
If after seeing these cute and worthwhile structures you may feel inspired to build your own out of an old cupboard or some other creative design in your head. There are people who can help you with the considerations that you may yet have not thought apart like "how do I keep my little library protected from the rain? " or "how wide should the shelves be to house most books?"
Little Free Libraries & Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build is highly recommended, as the book you need, by The Little Free Library organization. Yes, there is an organization! They are a nonprofit organization based in Hudson, Wisconsin, USA. Little Free Library (LFL) is an award-winning nonprofit organization at the center of a global literacy movement. Find out more about it here.
This book is produced in cooperation with Little Free Library, and is a builder's complete source of inspiration and how-to knowledge. Illustrated throughout with colorful and a for further inspiration, Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds covers every step: , , , and of varying size and aesthetics. In addition, author and professional carpenter Phil Schmidt includes information on proper installation of small structures and common repairs and maintenance for down the road. You can check it out or purchase it here.
|Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds book cover|
If you liked this article you may also like History of the Little Free Library which includes the benefits of running a little library.