Little Free Library FAQs
Little Free Library Map
Visit the world map of Little Free Library book exchanges. Use the search bar above the map to find little library locations in the area that interests you. If you’re having trouble with the map, watch our 2-minute help video on how to use the world map. If you find a library and it is not registered, please ask the steward to visit our website and register.
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:
- 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, discounted or free books through our partners, and more. Remember, you only need to register if you are building your own library. If you bought a library through our online store, a charter sign and steward’s packet are automatically included in your purchase.
- 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 a charter sign is automatically included with your purchase, though it may ship separately from your library.
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.
The NEAR ME search option requires your current location to work. Some devices will automatically display a pop-up message prompting you to share your location when you try a NEAR ME search.
If your device doesn’t do that, check your browser settings. Make sure that you allow LittleFreeLibrary.org to use your current location and allow pop-ups and redirects. You can check your browser settings by clicking the small lock icon in the URL bar at the top of the webpage. After you’ve updated your browser settings, refresh the page and try the search again.
If you’re still having trouble, try opening the map in full-screen view. Check your browser settings again to make sure you allow the webpage to use your location. Then refresh the page and try the NEAR ME search again.
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.