With 20,000+ Little Free Libraries in over 70 countries, it seems that every day we come across a photo of a new Library and say “Hey, that’s cool!

We want to make it even easier to get inspired to build the next incredible Little Library. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Library designs in a series of Libraries We Love posts, so stay tuned for more!

The Pink Palace Library

Location: Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee

The inside of the Pink Palace Little Free Library

Builder: George Henderson, Corie Walker

When Caroline Mitchell of the Exhibits Dept. at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis came to us with her story, we took one look at the photos of her awesome Library and knew we wanted to share it. Here is what she had to say:

“The Memphis Pink Palace Museum’s Little Free Library started over a lunch table discussion. recommendations. That afternoon our bookish conversation changed course towards Little Free Libraries.

Designed to look just like the Pink Palace itself

As we talked, George Henderson, our preparator who designs, fabricates and fixes exhibits, said he wanted to build one and make it look exactly like our mansion. The Pink Palace has a very distinctive look. The mansion was built in the 1920s and is clad in pink Georgia marble. It has a green tile roof, elaborate curves, and has been described as having a ‘Romanesque, rambling design.’

George Henderson…developed a painting technique that took four coats of paint to achieve the same look. The inside of our two story library is collaged with photographs of the mansion’s interior.

We hope that hosting a place for our neighborhood to exchange books is a way that the museum can be an active part of our community—both to the people who visit and the ones who live next door.

If you find yourself in Memphis, please come borrow a book from our unique Little Free Library. While you’re here, come visit us at the museum!”

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