15 ‘Little Free Libraries’ that Might Inspire You to Start Your Own

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I have a couple of Little Free Libraries by me where I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I’m always surprised by how often the books are changing and how many people take advantage of them.

The idea behind these libraries is really cool: people build them in neighborhoods and people take and leave books. It’s a nice thing for any community and, as you know, you can never go wrong with books!

Here are 10 examples that are really great and that might even inspire you to start your own Little Free Library.

1. A gorgeous one.

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?THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY?Do you have one of these in your neighborhood? These adorable book receptacles are popping up more and more these days. • After 10 years since the @littlefreelibrary in Hudson, Wisconsin was built, there are now over 90,000 registered worldwide!?? What an awesome way to share knowledge and build community on a small scale!? • ?Have you ever considered the difference in ecological impact of brand new paper books and e-readers? They both definitely come at a cost, but running the numbers is tricky. Although the carbon footprint of an individual paper book is low, those numbers tend to add up when multiplied by the number of books being printed and the waste within the industry in general. • ? An individual e-reader has a much higher carbon footprint than a paper book, but many books can be read before its end of life. But we are not only talking about carbon emissions, are we? Various precious metals, like those found in your cell phone, are used in making e-readers and other devices. What happens to an e-reader at the end of its life? Some get recycled, but many do not. Electronic waste continues to be a serious environmental problem. What happens when a book reaches the end of its life? • ?Personally, we prefer reading paper books. Studies have shown that reading a physical book allows you to retain the information better. While the paper book/e-reader debate trudges on, continue sharing your books and supporting both your Little Free Libraries and your big libraries! • ♻?And consider also finding used books from @paperbackswapdotcom @bookmooch @betterworldbooks @thriftbooks @halfpricebooks and @facebookmarketplace or participating in @bookcrossing_official • ??What are some things you do to get the most mileage out of your books? • #LFLmoment #ShareBooks #LittleFreeLibrary #lfl #bookstagram #sharebooks #zerowaste

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2. A mini replica.

3. That’s a really nice example.

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I first walked by this little free library at night so I wasn't able to snap a good picture. But look at perfect it is! I love finding new LFLs in my neighborhood that aren't listed on the map. (This one is at 16th & Q, NW for those of you in DC.)⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #giveabooktakeabook #lfl #littlefreelibrary #dupontcircle #washingtondc #bookishladiesclub #bookfinds #bookishlife #reading?

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4. The rustic look.

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Went to a @littlefreelibrary today! I love stopping whenever I see these. They are a book sharing locations where you Take a Book/Share a book ? #littlefreelibrary #bookstagram #book #books #bookexchange #bookish #bookworm #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #bookphotography #booklover #bookblogger #bookaddict

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5. Wow! Great work!

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If you're going to put up a little free library, you might as well go all out and make it a "mini-me" version of your Italianate. How much do you LOVE this? #historichomesofminnesota #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #whynotwednesday #littlefreelibrary #minime #tinyhouse #tinyreplica #miniaturehouse #howcoolisthis #minnesotahomes #minnesota #exploreminnesota #uniquefind #italianate

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6. A baby brownstone.

7. A British-style telephone booth.

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This may be my favorite #littlefreelibrary that I’ve come across because of how cute it is! ? This is a fabulous #lfl for youth because it was filled with #childrensbooks and #youngadultbooks ? Go check it out! ? #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #literacymatters #readtochildren #sharingiscaring #thinkgloballyactlocally #booksareforeveryone #takeoneleaveone #puttingitforward

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8. Inspired by Dr. Seuss.

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Sunday Sighting; a Dr. Seuss Little Free Library!✨ On Sunday we spotted this gem in East Austin and, at the time, it had no books in it. I usually keep a bag of books in the car for @littlefreelibrary sightings, but not that day. So this morning we went back wandering with our books to help stock it, only to find the Suess themed library was full! It’s got one more book tucked in the corner now.

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9. Built inside a tree trunk.

10. A spitting image.

These are so cool!

Do you have any Little Free Libraries by you?

If so, share some pics with us in the comments and tell us about them.