How Much Does It Cost To Start A Library?

What is the average cost to build a library?

Depending on how big you want it to be, most community libraries in my area (northeastern United States) cost somewhere between $8 million and $15 million to build.

How can I start my own library at home?


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

How much does it cost to register 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.

Do taxes pay for libraries?

Most libraries work on annual budgets based mainly on city or county allocations, or property tax allocations. Reality: Even though all public libraries are funded by some combination of local, state and federal dollars, the mix is unique. To learn more about how your library is funded, contact your local library.