Quick Answer: How Do I Start A Little Free Library?

How to Start a Little Free Library: Five Easy Steps!

  • Step One: Identify a Location & Steward. First decide where you can legally and safely install the Library.
  • Step Two: Get a Library.
  • Step Three: Register Your Library.
  • Step Four: Build Support.
  • Step Five: Add Your Library to the World Map.

How much does it cost to build a little free library?

If you are building your own Library, then your main cost is materials. That could range from $5 to $150. There is also one-time payment of about $40 to register each Library that you build. When you register, you get a charter sign engraved with a unique charter number.

How can I start my own library at home?


  1. Go to your local library.
  2. Find a location.
  3. Divide the place into sections.
  4. Make it look good.
  5. Get good bookshelves.
  6. Line the books up in a specific way.
  7. Make sure that you keep on adding to your book library regularly by either buying or renting books.

How did Little Free Library start?

It all began in 2009 when Todd H. Bol designed and built the inaugural Little Free Library, a model of a one-room schoolhouse, at his home in Hudson, Wisconsin. The next year, he gave away 30 Little Free Libraries to friends and family as enthusiasm spread throughout the community.

How do I start a book exchange?

How to Run a Successful Book Swap

  • Approach venues with a natural family audience or who are looking to develop one.
  • Cover a wide geographical area across your city.
  • Start small.
  • Schedule your book swap on a weekend or a day when school is out.
  • Have a starting stock of books at each venue.
  • Give your book swap a unifying brand.