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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How to start a Little Free Library book exchange

“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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Get Our Free Fundraising Guides!

Do you want to start a Little Free Library, but a lack of funds is stopping you from moving forward?
Raising enough money for a Library might seem challenging, but we’re here to help!

Sign up to receive two of our best FREE fundraising guides. Immediately after you sign up, we’ll send you:

1. Our FREE list of community grants, covering major organizations that offer local grants you can apply to receive. We’ll share how much you can apply for, when to apply, and links to get started right away.

2. Our FREE guide to local fundraising. Discover the types of businesses and organizations that already exist in your community that would help you start a Library! We’ll share the exact words to use and “secret” strategies to maximize your fundraising efforts.

Inspiration and Resources for Beginners

DIY Little Free Library (Adorable AND Affordable!)

Every day we see cute, thoughtful Little Library designs that didn’t break the bank and required little-to-no assembly. Take Little Free Library steward Iliana Morton, for example. Her Library is a transformed IKEA metal cabinet cube that cost her $25, and the result is a bright, cute, cost-effective Library!

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Starting a Little Free Library: 5 Girl Scout Success Stories

Whether you’re a Daisy, a Brownie, a Junior or a Cadette, starting one or more Little Free Libraries could be the perfect way for you to impact your community by improving access to books, and encouraging a love of reading. Here are five success stories (including tips and best practices, too!) of other Girl Scouts…

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