This post originally appeared on Information Space, the iSchool blog.
Since we launched the Syracuse Little Free Libraries project, the national LFL movement has exploded. The idea is decidedly low tech: physical books, housed in physical repositories. The books are free and available to anyone who is interested in reading them. The system works on donations. Take a book, return a book. As you can see from the links below, we are not the only community to embrace this idea. The news piece aired on NBC Nightly News is a great place to start if you are interested in learning more about the Little Free Library Movement.
Syracuse Post-Standard: Books move fast out of Syracuse’s first curbside library
Library Journal: Little Libraries Sprout Across the Country
DesignBoom: Repurposed phone booth library in NYC
Let’s Read Books: Little Library Tree House
And a note about a project in Rochester:
“We’ve been doing something similar in Rochester for the last few years. The Blue Bookshelf Project is a collaborative effort between the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Rotary Club. We’ve placed blue book shelves in dozens of locations throughout the city, such as barber shops, corner stores, the public market, etc. and stocked them with donated books. People take a book, leave a book, and just generally share. It has been quite successful.”
Patricia Uttaro, Director
Rochester Public Library & Monroe County Library System
Have you seen or heard about other Little Free Libraries? Let us know!