Little Free Library FAQs

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Little Free Library Map

If you find a Library and it is not on the world map, then it may not be registered with our organization. We may not know it exists. Approach the nearest home or business and ask to talk the Library caretaker. Encourage him/her to register and get an official charter sign and number.

It’s easy to register. Here is what to do:

  1. Register and take advantage of our network of support services. There is a one-time payment of about $40 per Library to register by purchasing a charter sign. In addition to a charter sign, you’ll receive a steward’s packet of tips and advice, the option to add your Library to the world map, access to a private Facebook support group, and more. Remember, you only need to register if you are building your own Library. If you bought a Library through our website, a charter sign and steward’s packet are automatically included in your purchase.
  2. Optional: Add your Library to the world map. Your charter sign will be engraved with a unique charter number. Once you know your charter number, you may add your Library to the world map. This is when you can tell us where the Library is located, share the story behind it, and upload photos.

To list your Library’s location on our world map, your Library must be registered with an official charter sign on it. If you built your own Library, you need to register by purchasing a charter sign. If you purchased a Library through our online store, then your Library arrived with a charter sign attached to it and it’s already registered.

Once you have a charter sign, engraved with a unique charter number, on your Library, fill out the Add your Library to the world map form and we will add your location to our map within three business days.

Fill out an Add/Update your Library on the world map form with the information you would like to change. If your Library is changing location, enter the new address. If your Library has a new steward, enter new contact information for that steward. You can change your photos and story, too. Be sure to use your correct charter number! If you enter the wrong charter number, you could overwrite another Library’s information.

Nope. You have the choice to share your name and email, or not, when you add your Library to the world map. But consider creating a separate email address just for your Little Library. Sharing your email address is helpful. Visitors may want to reach out to you, or publishers may want to donate books to your Library.

Tag: map

If other searches are working but the Near Me search is not, then you did not allow the map to use your location. When you first open the map, most people will see a pop-up asking to share your location. If you click Allow, then the map will use your location to find Little Free Library book exchanges near you. If you didn’t see a pop-up, be sure you allow pop-ups for littlefreelibrary.org in your browser settings.

Registered Little Free Library stewards must choose to share their locations on this map by filling out an Add your Library to the World Map form. Some stewards do not wish to share their locations on this map, and therefore are not listed. A book exchange must also be registered with an official charter sign and number in order to be displayed on this map; if a book exchange is not registered, then it cannot be displayed on the map.

Like people, Little Libraries need homes. If you take your Library with you, leave a note and let people know when it will return. Your regular patrons and readers will miss it! Your Library will always be listed on the map at its home location.

Use the search options directly above our world map to pick your search criteria, then hit the Search button. If you’re having trouble, watch our 2-minute video on how to use the map.

Tag: map

Yes, you can! There is a link directly below the map, or just click to open the Little Free Library world map in a larger window.

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