Plans and Tips For Library Builders

How to Build a Little Free Library (Plans and Blueprints)

Thousands of people have used these tips and tricks and blueprints and measurements for builders that we created just for you.

Below you’ll find an assortment of blueprints and instructions created by individuals who built their own Little Free Libraries. Feel free to download and use any of the designs below!

Did you know? One easy way to build a Little Free Library (or several!) is to purchase a Little Free Library Kit from our online store.  Library Kits can be assembled in just a few hours following the video instructions above.

Need some help figuring out how to install your Little Free Library? The 5-minute video above answers how to pick a good spot, who to ask for permission, and how to install your Library. (Skip to minute 3:45 if you want to get straight to the installation part.)

Are There Rules about My Library’s Design?

If you build one or more book exchanges, please register and purchase a charter sign for each one. That way, you can legally use the name Little Free Library. There is a one-time registration fee of about $40 per Library. Click here to register. You are welcome to list the name of any builders, sponsors or related organizations on your Library.

We have no rules about what your Library may or may not look like. However, your city government or Home Owner’s Association may have rules. Be sure you have permission before installing your Library (more on this topic here).

To protect the Little Free Library name and quality of the Libraries themselves, the name Little Free Library and its common variations are trademarked. If you want to use the name Little Free Library, you must have an official charter sign and charter number on your Library. For more information, click here to view our Terms & Conditions.

Only Libraries with official charter signs and numbers can be photographed and displayed as part of the Little Free Library network. This is the only way we can track, monitor, support, fund and celebrate your efforts!

Additional Tips for Builders

Our first Little Libraries were roughly 20” wide by 15” deep by 18” high and on a sturdy post or secure foundation. You most certainly can vary the dimensions as you see appropriate.

  1. Use recycled and found materials if you can.
  2. Demonstrate green building techniques and materials whenever possible.
  3. Build and finish the Library to last. Use screws rather than nails, and several coats of stain, paint or sealer.
  4. If you have built your Library and are experiencing common problems like condensation forming inside the Library, leaks or paint fading, check out our FAQs for tips.

Do not be limited to building the same thing everyone else does. Look over our Pinterest and Flickr pages for inspiration. See what others have built and know that no matter how skilled or amateur you think you are, there’s someone out there just like you.

Use your imagination! Finally, once your Library has been built, save the plans and document how you built it. Then Contact Us so that we can share your learning experience with the rest of the Little Free Library community.


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