Lots of stories have been popping up lately about the Little Free Library movement.
Back in March, Lane Wilkinson wrote a blog post on Sense and Reference about what institutional libraries can learn from these DIY libraries.
More recently, my dad shared an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Little Free Libraries in the Atlanta area.
I first stumbled across a DIY library in a park in Madrid about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of it, but it was a small stone structure with a shelf for books.
Earlier this week, BBC News posted an article about a rather large free library run out of a man’s house in Manila.
Clearly, in the Manila case, the DIY library is helping to fulfill a need that is not filled by institutions. Altanta is a very different case, though. Are DIY libraries popping up there because the public library system isn’t fulfilling people’s needs? Or are people just looking for something more local and more social than their local branch library? Or, perhaps, do people harbor a secret desire to be librarians?
One thing is clear: people like to share books.