Little Free Library is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2012. Our mission is to inspire readers, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Why Does Book Access Matter?
One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home (McGill-Franzen & Allington, 2009). But according to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61% of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home.
Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.
What We Do
Our staff is dedicated to increasing book access and forging community connections by helping people around the globe start and maintain Little Free Library book exchanges. What exactly is a Little Free Library?
We provide support to our volunteer Little Free Library stewards by providing free building instructions, online resources and ongoing support from Little Free Library staff, access to free or discounted books through our partners, and an online store that offers Library kits and pre-built Library models.
We also maintain a world map of registered Little Free Libraries to help people find and share books wherever they are, and we donate Little Free Libraries to communities where they can make a big difference and provide access to books through our Impact Fund.