Start Your Own Little Free Library

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If you want to start a Little Free Library book exchange, you’re in the right place. We’re excited to have you join the worldwide network of over 50,000 Little Free Libraries!

First, take a look over the World Map to see if there is already a Little Library in your neighborhood. If there is, stop by and chat with the Library steward and ask for their advice as you get started.

How to Get Started: Five Easy Steps!

Step One: Identify a Location & Steward

First decide where you can legally and safely install the Library. The location should also have a lot of foot traffic and be highly visible to anyone nearby. Then identify at least one person to be the steward (steward = caretaker); this person promotes the Library and makes sure it is clean and inviting.

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Step Two: Get a Library

You can build your own Little Library, find someone locally to build one for you, or purchase a Library through our online catalog. Libraries purchased through Little Free Library, Ltd. are automatically registered.

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Step Three: Register Your Library

When you register, you gain access to network of support and benefits, including an official charter sign engraved with a unique charter number. Important: Libraries purchased through our online catalog are automatically registered and a charter sign is included with the Library. One of the most popular benefits of registration is the option to add your Library to the world map.

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Step Four: Build Support

Get your community involved! Contact the local paper, radio and TV stations. Send out a press release. Tell your friends, family and neighbors in-person. Use social media to engage your community with the Library and be sure to follow Little Free Library’s blog for insider tips and resources. The more people who know about your Library and support it, the better.

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Step Five: Add Your Library to the World Map

Once you have installed your Library, be sure to hold a Grand Opening Ceremony and invite all of your friends and neighbors to kick off the Library in style! Have a ribbon cutting, provide snacks and exchange books. Take lots of photos and add your Library to the world map so that anyone can easily find your Library.

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“My Library keeps me young and my spirit alive…being a steward has given me a whole new direction. I would advise anyone to jump in with both feet and get started.”

– Sandy Freel, Little Library #29524

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“I came out of my house today to see these kids in front of my Little Free Library. It made my heart happy.

The best part of this photo is that these three boys are struggling readers at school, so just the fact that they stopped to read is very poignant for me.

It just makes this mean so much more.”

– Kate Glinsmann, steward of Library #12125

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