Gallery: 6 Delightful Pop-Up Libraries To Encourage Reading This Summer


NYC Phone Booth Mini Library

Just like in the UK, phone booths aren't of much use for making calls, but they are practical infrastructure for other uses. Architect John Locke attached a pumpkin-orange set of shelves to an obsolete phone booth near 96th Street to create a mini, ultra-public library. Now the obsolete phone booth is useful and local residents are using it to pass books back and forth.

Adopt a Phone Booth Library

With mobile phones taking over, there seems little need for phone booths anymore, but rather than get rid of the iconic red booths in the UK, local communities are using them for new purposes. British Telecom is encouraging towns to turn their phone booths into mini libraries and so far hundreds of communities have transformed their telephone box. If your community’s phone booth sits empty, learn how to transform one into your very own local lending library over here.

Recycled Shipping Container Children’s Library

BiebBus is a portable children’s library in The Netherlands built from a recycled shipping container. Architect Jord den Hollander came up with this fun idea for the pop-up library to support communities who lack funds or space. BiebBus can be pulled behind a truck, parked and popped open to provide a small library and a top floor reading room.


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