Library #6315 in Traverse City, Michigan was converted from an old dollhouse.

When people reach out to us and share their story of how they started their little library, it usually goes something like this:

“I remember the exact day I found out about Little Free Library book exchanges. I fell in love; I knew I wanted one right away. The trouble is, I didn’t know where to start.”

Maybe you found the libraries that we sell in our online store, but the price wasn’t right or they didn’t match the design you wanted. Maybe you found our FREE library plans and blueprints, but they were either so specific that they were way over your head, or they were so simple that you didn’t have enough guidance to actually build a Little Free Library.

Here are a few other people who felt exactly as you did. They documented how they went from zero to full-blown registered Little Free Library steward.

Library #10883 in Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia.

Verbisaurus Blogicus – this post is perfect for someone who has basic carpentry skills and wants to build their own Little Free Library. Steward James Zimmerman documents how he took those first steps of researching designs, going to the store to buy supplies, building and registering his Little Free Library. He even created step-by-step building instructions, with a list of necessary materials, that you can follow to build your own Library.

Coastal Pet Rescuethis blog is great for someone who has pretty much no carpentry skills at all. The author will take you through how she converted a vintage bread warmer into a Little Free Library. (Psst! We share more easy, cheap ways to start a Little Free Library in this post!) She also shared what accessories she uses, how she started a mobile Little Free Library and more.

Swapna Krishna is an experienced steward who shares advice on how to successfully run a Little Free Library.  In this BookRiot post she shares what she did when her Library was violated and also five tips for running a Little Free Library. (We also wrote a series of blog posts based on her Little Free Library Takeover idea!)

Now, go forth and start your Little Free Library! If you’re looking for more resources to help you get started, you might like these:

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