Phone Box Libraries

Last week when I was on holiday on the Isle of Wight I came across a mini library in an old telephone box in the village of Whitwell.

I was aware that this was a thing but had never actually seen or visited one myself so was really pleased to be able to stop and have a look at their collection.Β  They had a good selection of books and magazines that had been donated and lots of other information on local attractions.

I did fancy The Bone Clocks but didn’t have a book to swapΒ or leave so didn’t take it.

Whitwell Library

As more and more libraries unfortunately are subjectedΒ to reduced hours, or close due to funding cuts maybe we’ll see more of these pop up in rural villages where the community still wants to share their love of reading.

Have you visited a phone box library or do you have one where you live?

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18 thoughts on “Phone Box Libraries

  1. Donna says:

    Oooh I want that! I did not know phone box libraries were a thing.
    It saddens me to see rural libraries closed or on the brink of it. The village my mom lives in has one, but it’s only opened 2hours every Friday afternoon, and closed for all holidays.

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  2. thatssojacob says:

    We have a TON of these all over town, called Little Free Libraries. They’re in people’s yards, outside public buildings, everywhere, and I always look in them for surprises and stuff. Great post, hope to see you visiting my blog today!

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  3. Alba in Bookland says:

    This is so cool! I saw something similar in Boston when I was visiting, I found it so cute! I have to confess I took a book that sounded really cool but didn’t have any books with me to swap. I’ll have to go back one day to pay “my debt”. I wish people would do it too here in Germany!
    Alba in Bookland

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