The Little Free Library Design Competition

Tiny libraries, big ideas, and a potential for big impact.

You’ve probably seen them—popping up in an unexplored neighborhood, embedded in a tree, peeking over a fence. They’re Little Free Libraries, and they may be small, but they have a big impact.

Last year we designed and gave away two libraries to two excited book lovers, and this year we want you to get in on the fun.

Sea Ranch-inspired Little Free Library designed by Ben Laramie

So we’re partnering with Little Free Library, the nonprofit that organizes the over 40,000 LFLs (as those in the know call them) currently registered around the world, and the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIASF) to invite designers, architects, doodlers, and book folks of all stripes to rethink this unique structure, and solve some of the challenges identified by the neighborhood heroes that care for them.

What kinds of problems you ask? Things like weatherproofing, having the design of the library suit the community in which it lives, book visibility, odd-shaped books, serving small children and tall adults alike, and more.

You could win one of 3 awards:

Stewards Choice: chosen by the Little Free Library community
Chronicle Books Choice: chosen by the Chronicle Books team and considered for large-scale production
Judges Choice:
chosen by our team of esteemed judges

Judges include Todd H. Bol of Little Free Library, Kevin Lippert of Princeton Architectural Press, Dan Cohen of Gramming for Good, Brett Randall Jones of David Baker Architects, Christina Jenkins of Project H Design, and the team at Snøhetta, the award-winning design firm that just completed the SFMOMA expansion project. Whoa.

Visit the site for more competition details and to learn how to enter—the deadline is Friday, November 11. Contact community@chroniclebooks.com with any questions, and good luck!