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|
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!
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.
Have you ever swapped a book? Would you visit a Little Library in your city?