Old Phone Booths into Mini-Libraries

A Manhattan-based architect has installed in several no-longer-used phone booths around New York City brightly-painted plywood bookshelves stocked with free books. The idea is to experiment with recycling the booths instead of trashing them, and introducing a new amenity into city living. Story and photos here.

Of course, these take-one-replace-one book swapping centers aren’t technically libraries (there’s no rhyme or reason to what’s stocked in these swap centers), but we still think that this is a great idea for reminding urban dwellers (many of whom are enthusiastic adaptors of the e-reading option) of the continued availability of printed books.

Contributed by Ponce librarian Anne Vagts