Teeny Tuesday: The Little Free Library

Little Free Library in Manhattan, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Little Free Library in Manhattan, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Every now and then I may showcase a man-made structure for Teeny Tuesday. This one certainly seemed worthy since it promotes reading.
Called the “Tiniest Library in the World”, this little bookstand may still have competitors in its birdhouse-sized family predecessors of the Little Free Library movement; still, it’s pretty cute, and is worth mentioning.


Located in Manhattan,outside St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School at 32 Prince Street, this wee library looks like a space visitor or helpful robot,but in actuality it is built from a water tank. It has portholes to allow outside visitors a preview of what’s inside before they duck under the structure.

The curious reading hovel is the work of Stereotank, who describe their design thusly:

“The design consisted in creating an ‘inhabitable’ Little Free Library, where users could immerse themselves and take the time to browse through books and borrow or exchange them. The structure is built out of an upside down plastic tank and a wooden frame. Perforations around the tank allow visitors to peek inside and preview the interior, which invites them to duck under and discover the book collection while still having a connection with the exterior.”

The idea with the Little Free Library project is simple: take a book, leave a book. At one point this particular location housed softcovers by Neil Gaiman and Danielle Steel, Samuel Pepys’ 17th-century diary, journalist Neil Strauss’ investigation of sleazy pick-up artists and Andri Magnason’s LoveStar.

I’ve been trying to discern whether this library still exists; in reading about them on Sterotank’s website I’ve learned that this one was a temporary structure in 2013.

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