Where to find all the Little Free Libraries in the Bay Area

Where to find all the Little Free Libraries in the Bay Area

This Little Free Library, built by Mike Tierney, in a nod to Steampunk and San Jose’s historic Hensley District, was one of the first 2,000 registered libraries. It’s officially No. 1878. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Sometimes you need a thrilling Tom Clancy airport movie, a classic storybook to put the kids to sleep, or a random guide to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to spark those dreams about quitting your desk job. For this reason, there are Little Free Libraries – small-scale libraries that people place outside their homes to spread literacy among the community.

Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, has the slogan “Take a Book.” Share a book.” – has gone from a handful since its founding in 2012 to more than 150,000 registered bookstores in about 120 countries. You’ll often spot them while walking or biking, nestled into the fabric of a neighborhood like birdhouses filled with free old literature on Craigslist. But if you’re having a hard time finding one around you — or just want to explore all the gorgeous hand-decorated libraries in the area — check out the Little Free Library World Map, which charts the entire galaxy of this benign and charming project.

The Little Free Libraries World Map shows the locations, photos, and reasons why there are thousands upon thousands of Little Free Libraries all over the world. (Little Free Library)

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