20 Lovable Little Free Libraries

“Take a book, return a book” is the mantra that rings true to bookworms all around the world who are interacting with Little Free Libraries. Since the birth of the first little library in Wisconsin circa 2009, the growth and prevalence of these tiny structures are astounding. As of 2017, there are 60,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all U.S. states and over 80 countries. They come in all different shapes and sizes, showcasing the unique, personal touches of their creators.

Little Free Libraries, however, are more than just creating a gift-sharing network for the common good. It’s part of a social movement inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s goal of the 20th century to fund the creation of 2,508 free public libraries across the English-speaking world. These libraries are more than an educational resource. They aim to inspire communities to embrace the arts, share their stories, and encourage literacy practices.

We simply cannot get enough of these adorable little libraries, so we’ve created a list of the 20 Little Free Libraries that have stolen our hearts.



The next time you stumble upon one of these charming little gems, hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of the motive behind the movement. Curious to know where the Little Free Libraries are around you? Check out the world map of all the Little Free Libraries that have been registered within the system.

The Little Free Libraries are made possible by direct donations from individuals and organizations to Little Free Library’s Impact Library Program. If you want to learn more about this program and how you can help bring a little library to your community, check out the Little Free Library website.

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