Street libraries (also known as Little Free Libraries) are small book exchanges set up on private land and maintained by volunteer “librarians”. Having a street library near you is a great way to share your love of books and reading with others in your neighbourhood. Books can be borrowed by anyone, there is no membership required, and there is no return date. Readers can also leave books for others to borrow.

The libraries are usually home-made or up-cycled, and are often cute or quirky. The City welcomes individuals or businesses to install a street library on their own property, but they must not be placed on verges, nature strips, or in such a way that impedes access or visibility to neighbouring property or spaces (such as footpaths), and they must not pose a safety risk.

You can find a list here of registered street libraries, as well as some helpful guides on making and installing your own street library.