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Starting a Library 

No.

But we’d encourage you to put a ‘point on the map’ so others can find your library.

You can get a high quality outdoor sticker (with your own unique library number on it) from our online shop. There are a few benefits from registering your library that you probably wont appreciate till you’re up and running! Every dollar you spend supports our not for profit mission.

You’ll often find people in your neighbourhood wanting to donate books – putting yourself on the map helps everyone!

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There’s numerous ways to get your very own Street Library, look first at our Build page for tips on making your own or if you’d rather Buy one, you can do this too.

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Well, I think some people do – it’s up to the individual librarian.

If you’re a hands on kind of person, who like to know whats going on, then maybe a logbook makes sense. Think of it like a ‘visitor book’ for your library.

People will:

  • Enthuse and say thanks to you in the logbook
  • Leave each other book recommendations
  • Record which books they leave, if they are inclined to do so (“50 Shades of Grey, left by Sister Innocenta of St Marys Church”)

Try it, and see what happens – then share you story with us.

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Short answer = Yes.

Long answer = Don’t put it on the verge.

Longer Answer = Maybe Not.

You are always better off installing your library on your property, or property you control.

Having a library on your property means:

  • You get your library going faster (speaking to council can take years)
  • You don’t need anyone else’s permission
  • You control it better, and these libraries are generally better looked after than ones that are on community property
  • There is zero chance you’ll find your pride and joy library removed by an over-zealous council worker

However, some councils do turn a blind eye to great community projects like this, or indeed, have a great set of policies that might encourage Street Libraries.

We’ve written a list of the ways council can help here.

Our experience is that speaking to council will:

  • Add time to your project (average 6-9 months)
  • Add cost to your project (average $500-$2,000 – and do you have public liability insurance?)
  • Add complexity to your project (you’ll have to explain to council that no, it won’t be used to store drugs, and yes, we’ll monitor it daily in case anyone puts something dodgy in it)

So, it’s a decision you have to make.

But, in the interests of getting things going we’d say – put it on your property.

 

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General Information

No.

But we’d encourage you to put a ‘point on the map’ so others can find your library.

You can get a high quality outdoor sticker (with your own unique library number on it) from our online shop. There are a few benefits from registering your library that you probably wont appreciate till you’re up and running! Every dollar you spend supports our not for profit mission.

You’ll often find people in your neighbourhood wanting to donate books – putting yourself on the map helps everyone!

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
12
2

There’s numerous ways to get your very own Street Library, look first at our Build page for tips on making your own or if you’d rather Buy one, you can do this too.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
5
0

Well, I think some people do – it’s up to the individual librarian.

If you’re a hands on kind of person, who like to know whats going on, then maybe a logbook makes sense. Think of it like a ‘visitor book’ for your library.

People will:

  • Enthuse and say thanks to you in the logbook
  • Leave each other book recommendations
  • Record which books they leave, if they are inclined to do so (“50 Shades of Grey, left by Sister Innocenta of St Marys Church”)

Try it, and see what happens – then share you story with us.

Tag: General
Did you find this FAQ helpful?
3
0

Short answer = Yes.

Long answer = Don’t put it on the verge.

Longer Answer = Maybe Not.

You are always better off installing your library on your property, or property you control.

Having a library on your property means:

  • You get your library going faster (speaking to council can take years)
  • You don’t need anyone else’s permission
  • You control it better, and these libraries are generally better looked after than ones that are on community property
  • There is zero chance you’ll find your pride and joy library removed by an over-zealous council worker

However, some councils do turn a blind eye to great community projects like this, or indeed, have a great set of policies that might encourage Street Libraries.

We’ve written a list of the ways council can help here.

Our experience is that speaking to council will:

  • Add time to your project (average 6-9 months)
  • Add cost to your project (average $500-$2,000 – and do you have public liability insurance?)
  • Add complexity to your project (you’ll have to explain to council that no, it won’t be used to store drugs, and yes, we’ll monitor it daily in case anyone puts something dodgy in it)

So, it’s a decision you have to make.

But, in the interests of getting things going we’d say – put it on your property.

 

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Payments for libraries

No.

But we’d encourage you to put a ‘point on the map’ so others can find your library.

You can get a high quality outdoor sticker (with your own unique library number on it) from our online shop. There are a few benefits from registering your library that you probably wont appreciate till you’re up and running! Every dollar you spend supports our not for profit mission.

You’ll often find people in your neighbourhood wanting to donate books – putting yourself on the map helps everyone!

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
12
2

There’s numerous ways to get your very own Street Library, look first at our Build page for tips on making your own or if you’d rather Buy one, you can do this too.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
5
0

Well, I think some people do – it’s up to the individual librarian.

If you’re a hands on kind of person, who like to know whats going on, then maybe a logbook makes sense. Think of it like a ‘visitor book’ for your library.

People will:

  • Enthuse and say thanks to you in the logbook
  • Leave each other book recommendations
  • Record which books they leave, if they are inclined to do so (“50 Shades of Grey, left by Sister Innocenta of St Marys Church”)

Try it, and see what happens – then share you story with us.

Tag: General
Did you find this FAQ helpful?
3
0

Short answer = Yes.

Long answer = Don’t put it on the verge.

Longer Answer = Maybe Not.

You are always better off installing your library on your property, or property you control.

Having a library on your property means:

  • You get your library going faster (speaking to council can take years)
  • You don’t need anyone else’s permission
  • You control it better, and these libraries are generally better looked after than ones that are on community property
  • There is zero chance you’ll find your pride and joy library removed by an over-zealous council worker

However, some councils do turn a blind eye to great community projects like this, or indeed, have a great set of policies that might encourage Street Libraries.

We’ve written a list of the ways council can help here.

Our experience is that speaking to council will:

  • Add time to your project (average 6-9 months)
  • Add cost to your project (average $500-$2,000 – and do you have public liability insurance?)
  • Add complexity to your project (you’ll have to explain to council that no, it won’t be used to store drugs, and yes, we’ll monitor it daily in case anyone puts something dodgy in it)

So, it’s a decision you have to make.

But, in the interests of getting things going we’d say – put it on your property.

 

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