BUYING YOUR LIBRARY*
However you plan to get your library, take your time and do your research. It will pay dividends. Whatever route you decide to go down it won't be particularly cheap so it's much better to get it right the first time.
Consider the aesthetics. While in theory you could use an old microwave or fridge, consider the safety aspect and the response from your neighbours of having broken white goods in your garden.
Our top tip is invest in something that you love and are proud of. You will want to look after it. It will bring you more visitors, a lot of joy and you will be a better steward for it. Don't skip the research step.
Before you spend any money, spend time looking at different types of libraries and decide on a design that works for you.
Visit the official Little Free Library website and search for
"Little Free Library" on:
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Available space (height, width, depth) at location
Will it be under cover or out in the open?
Will it be easily & safely accessible for:
How will you organise the books?
Do you need/want shelves?
Children's books can be large / tall / chunky
or tiny (e.g. first readers or Mr Men books)
It's helpful to keep adults' books &
children's books separately.
Check out little free libraries on Facebook.
BUY YOUR LIBRARY
The easiest option
Possibly the most expensive option
There may be a long delivery time
Little Free Library
Etsy: Pinocchio UK
BUILD YOUR OWN LIBRARY
There are plans available online
You can do it yourself
You can employ a joiner
You get a bespoke design
Create your own design/artwork
Could work out cheaper than buying off the shelf
Could take longer to build
Need to paint and weatherproof it
Could work out more expensive than buying off the shelf
Plans are available from:
Little Free Library
Also, Google "Little Free Library Plans"
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
You can be creative
You will have something bespoke
Recycling helps the environment
It could cost more than buying off the shelf
It can be as time-consuming as building your own
* These tips are aimed at a UK audience, installing a library on their own property. For countries outside the UK, please check local laws and restrictions.