Share Books at these Amazingly Designed Little Free Libraries in San Francisco!

Jack Chen
Jack Chen
Feb 17 · 4 min read

As individuals with unique opinions, we often disagree on many subjects. However, we can all agree on one thing: WE LOVE FREE STUFF!!! If you ever take a stroll around San Francisco, you may run into small wooden boxes filled with books in some of the most random locations. These are Little Free Libraries, where you can share and take books, for free!! The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes book exchanges, and there are over 100,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 108 countries worldwide!

A Little Free Library filled with books! (1530 11Th Ave)

I finally had the discipline to clean my room one day, and found several books I’ve already finished reading. The lazy thing to do would be to toss all those books into the recycling bin, but I thought it would be more beneficial to society if I donated them instead. I knew I can probably drop them off at local libraries, but I remember encountering one of these Little Free Libraries while taking pictures around San Francisco.

A Little Free Library next to a nice. colorful stairway — Athens Avalon Green Space (801 Avalon Ave)

I then went online to research more about these Little Free Libraries on https://littlefreelibrary.org/, and found a map that shows the locations of these libraries. Being a very l̶a̶z̶y̶ efficient person, I narrowed the search to my neighborhood only. I could have dropped off all my books in one location, but part of me was also curious to check out different ones, so I ended up visiting a total of 4 Little Free Libraries. Although I loved the concept of book exchanges, I was unimpressed with the designs of the libraries I visited. Because you can register and build your own little library, it seemed like most people opted for the most simple but generic design provided on the Little Free Library website.

The generic design for Little Free Libraries (1442 45th Ave)
Different color, same design (1530 11Th Ave)

Unsatisfied, I expanded my search to the entire city and discovered a few Free Little Libraries that have extremely unique and beautiful designs. I still had books to donate, and here are the Little Free Libraries that impressed me visually!

A MAGICAL looking library!! (227 Balboa St)
A Little Free Bench to go along with a Little Free Library
A Little Free Victorian House Library (836 Clayton St)
The Little Free Library matches the house!
A Little Free Library Statue (2418 Pine Street)
A small housing for doggie treats!

Aside from the visuals, some of these Little Free Libraries also have other feature. Some Little Free Libraries will also have a bench in its proximity for you to sit on while enjoying one of the free books. Other may have doggy treats should you encounter a Little Free Library while walking your dog!

It is a miracle that you can free stuff with no catch in an expensive city like San Francisco. Although you do not know what type of books lay inside these libraries, reading is still an effective way to gain knowledge and improve yourself. Next time you need to donate books, please consider donating them to the Little Free Libraries, and feel free to grab one as well! For more information, please visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/!

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