How to Get Started: Five Easy Steps!

First decide where you can legally and safely install the Library. The location should also have a lot of foot traffic and be highly visible to anyone nearby. Then identify at least 1 person to be the steward; this person regularly checks the Library to be sure it is stocked, clean and inviting. He/She also promotes the Library on an ongoing basis.

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You can build your own Library, find someone locally to build one for you, or purchase a Library through our online catalog. You can also apply to receive a sponsored GIFT Fund Library.

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This step only applies if you built your own Library or received your Library from a source other than littlefreelibrary.org. You need to have an official charter sign and charter number on each Library to receive all the benefits of being a member of the worldwide LFL network. You cannot register on the World Map without an official charter number.

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Get your community involved! Contact the local paper, radio and TV stations. Send out a press release. Tell your friends, family and neighbors in-person. Use social media to engage your community with the Library and be sure to follow Little Free Library’s blog for insider tips and resources. The more people who know about your Library and support it, the better.

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Once you have installed your Library, be sure to hold a Grand Opening Ceremony and invite all of your friends and neighbors to kick off the Library in style. Have a ribbon cutting, provide snacks and exchange books. Take lots of photos and Register on the World Map so that anyone can easily find your Library.

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If you’re looking for more ways to get involved,
*click here to view the idea chart we came up with*


Little Free Library on Social Media

These are the official social media accounts that Little Free Library uses:

Facebook

The official Little Free Library account at FacebookWe regularly post photos, contests and updates to keep the Little Free Library community in the know. You can ask us questions, send messages and share your photos with other Little Free Library fans.

Twitter

The official Little Free Library account at TwitterWant us to keep it brief? You got it. 140 characters worth of quotes, book recommendations, links to useful blogs and websites, and occasionally some photo of what we had for lunch. Just to see if you’re paying attention.

Flickr

The official Little Free Library account at FlickrThe most comprehensive archive of Little Free Library photos out there! Check in regularly to see the latest and greatest Little Free Libraries.


Pinterest

The official Little Free Library account at PinterestWe have sorted hundreds of photos of the most striking and unique Little Libraries into easy-to-navigate categories. Plus, we regularly pin quotes, craft ideas, printables, and everything related to books and Libraries.

Instagram

The official Little Free Library account on InstagramEssential for Little Free Library road trips and capturing the Libraries we see on a daily basis. Plus, we get to stylize the photos so they look extra cool.

Google Map

Find Little Free Library on Google MapsWant to find out if there is a Library near you? Maybe you just want to see how far Libraries have spread around the world. The Google Map is your best friend. Happy Hunting!