A mobile Little Library made out of a suitcase on a turntable from @FredrickPoland on Instagram

Little Free Libraries come in all shapes and sizes, with the designs getting more creative and fun every day!

We love getting the warm-and-fuzzies from sharing books and meeting new friends, but it’s just as fun to see the surprising new designs you’re all coming up with on a daily basis.

Here are 3 of our favorite, creative designs that anyone can do:

  • The Suitcase Little Free Library – no matter what your skill level, this design will work for you…upcycling old suitcases in fun colors and filling them with books is a great eco-friendly, indoor Library idea. It’s easy on the wallet, too – you can find old suitcases at thrift stores and re-sale shops like St. Vincent de Paul and Goodwill for a few dollars each. We ran across an awesome example from @Presocia on Instagram.
  • The Newspaper Vending Box Library – with more and more people getting their news online, many local newspapers and magazines aren’t using their newspaper vending boxes anymore. But what to do with all of those machines? Turn them into Little Free Libraries, of course! Try searching Craigslist or putting a call in to local publications to see if they have any extra boxes to share; you can often get them for free and all you need to do is register with littlefreelibrary.org and you have an instant, outdoor-ready Little Free Library. Here is a fun example of a Transformers-style Little Library created using a newspaper vending box.

    Check out @OptimusPrimeLFL on Instagram to see more photos of this super creative Little Library.

    Check out @OptimusPrimeLFL on Instagram to see more photos of this super creative Little Library.

  • The Recycled Appliance Library – you can have a lot of fun with this one, not to mention it’s easy to do. Stop by your local Habit for Humanity Re-Store, Goodwill, antique store or anywhere that sells refurbished appliances and see what they have in-stock. You can take an old camper oven, mini-fridge, breadbox, toolbox or anything that already has a door and space inside and turn it into a Little Free Library. There are some great examples here.

We hope you’re inspired, and stay tuned for more creative ways to start a Little Free Library!

Other Resources You Might Like:

Blog- Starting a Little Free Library on a Shoestring Budget

Pinterest – Library Plans, Instructions and Ideas

Instagram – Official Little Free Library Account

This Little Library is a vintage camper oven painted a bright turquoise by steward Nancy Lindquist.

This Little Library is a vintage camper oven painted a bright turquoise by steward Nancy Lindquist.

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