Thursday, 11 February 2016

Book Swapping at the Little Library in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia (come on Sydney, you know it's true) and as you'd expect with such a title, it has many funky and unique places to explore. The Little Library at Melbourne's Central Station is one of these wacky magical finds.
The Little Library, Melbourne Central
The Little Library, Melbourne Central


Many hotels and camp grounds offer free book swaps and the Little Library is just that but located in the CBD, making books readily available for everyone and not just travellers. The idea is simple and honest. Pick a book and take it home to read then return it or simply replace it with another book.

Despite being located in a hectic station, the Little Library offers a bit of peace with it's quirky nature and design. The books are referenced, making it easier if you are looking for a particular genre or author (you even get a free bookmark!). Unlike regular libraries, you do not need to sign up. Just pop in and grab something that grabs you. Easy peasy! 

The Little Library, Melbourne Central

I think this is an amazing idea as it makes reading accessible to all especially when bookshops can be so expensive. I hope more places like this pop up around the world. Maybe each library could put a unique stamp in each book, that way you can see how far the book you are reading has travelled.

Cosy corner, The Little Library, Melbourne Central
Cosy corner
Have you ever swapped a book? Would you visit a Little Library in your city?

Helen x 


8 comments:

  1. This is so cute! Australia is on my bucketlist to visit and I'm a bit of a bookworm, so this really does appeal to me! Love your pictures, too x

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully you get to visit one day. When you do, be sure to stop by Melbourne. It's one of the best cities.

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  2. This sounds like a great place especially for book lovers x

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    1. I think it's great for everyone. It gives you something to do on the train and they have so many different genres.

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    2. I think it's great for everyone. It gives you something to do on the train and they have so many different genres.

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  3. I love little places like this!! There are a few places I've seen near me that have a shelf dedicated to this style of book swapping, but not a whole store. Such a lovely idea as long as people are honest and stick to the rules!

    xo

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    1. I hope to see some pop up in the SW. Being honest is very important. If you don't return or replace books then places like this will simply run out and die. Luckily it seems that the readers here are quite truthful.

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  4. This is such an amazing idea! I wish we had one of these in my city!

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

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