Monday, November 30, 2009

The world's smallest library?

From comes this gorgeous little story about what is quite possibly the world's smallest library - a telephone booth!

The traditional red phone box in Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset has been turned into a functioning library, holding a collection of just 100 books.

The idea was the brainchild of a resident when the village lost their telephone box and mobile library in quick succession.

The library is open to all to use 24 hours a day and works on a book exchange principle: users simply stock it with a book they have read, swapping it for one they have not.

Parish councillor Bob Dolby said the library had "really taken off."

"The books are constantly changing. It is completely full at the moment with books. Anyone is free to come and take a book and leave one that you have already read.

The phone box was purchased by the village's parish council from British Telecom for the token amount of one pound. Other councils have done the same, turning their red phone booths into everything from art installations to a shower and even a public toilet.

1 comment:

Caffeinated Weka said...

What an amazing idea!! Isn't it tempting to do something similar in your own local area?