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Free Community Book Exchanges
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*Category Update 8/5/18* (read the expanded description below for more details). The mission of the Free Community Book Exchanges category is to seek out any and all locations that exist in communities across the globe where free books are offered to the public to borrow, return, exchange with other books, etc. Most exchanges operate on the 'take a book, leave a book' policy.
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**UPDATE 8/5/18** This category now requires a minimum of two unique sentences describing the free community book exchange in the long description. Failure to add the minimum two-sentence requirement will result in your waymark getting declined.

Wrap Text around ImageMany communities across the globe have multiple community book exchanges available to the public. In its most basic form, these free book exchanges are boxes full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book or two to share. They can also be an actual building with a physical address. Most, if not all, operate on the principle of a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where people share their favorite literature and stories. They are also referred to as 'book trading posts', 'pop-up libraries', 'Noox' (Neighborhood bOOk eXchange) and the increasingly-popular 'Little Free Libraries', amongst other terms.

The focus of this category is for FREE book exchanges and NOT to be confused with Used Book Stores or Independent Bookstores for which these existing categories focus on the buying and selling of new and used books. This category will accept free community book exchanges of all types, whether they be in the form of a box, a physical building or any location where the general public is encouraged to exchange books and other reading materials for free.

Wrap Text around ImageThe Little Free Libraries movement began in the United States in 2009 and has gained much in popularity for their often custom-made mailbox-like structures. They also promote an official website as well as a very nice online map of many registered Little Free Library locations (not all Little Free Libraries are registered on the website's map). There are over 10,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide and growing. Their website also sells Little Free Library kits so one doesn't have to build a LFL, although many homeowners and organizations have custom-built some very elaborate ones. In addition, many geocachers have found Little Free Libraries to be the perfect locations for new geocaches, which only adds to their increasing exposure and popularity.

Any Free Community Book Exchange may also be submitted into the Bookcrossing Zones category but will require the waymarker to register the book exchange on the Bookcrossing.com website to track its movement of books. This requirement tends to discourage many waymarkers from submitting a waymark into that category. For that reason, this category was created to accept any and all free community book exchange locations one may come across in their travels. PLEASE DO NOT submit a Community Book Exchange location into the Libraries category. The Libraries category officers have supported this category and if they receive a Free Community Book Exchange submission they will most likely deny it (previously approved ones will be grandfathered).

Instructions for Posting a Free Community Book Exchanges Waymark:
When titling your waymark, please follow the naming convention below:

Your Title - Anytown, USA

You may also include the Charter Number of a Little Free Library submission in the title (most have them, some do not).

Requirement: include at least ONE photo in your waymark submission. Additional photos are appreciated.

Many community book exchanges are actual storefronts or are located inside places of business. Please input the hours (in the variable provided) that the business is open for the public to exchange books.

Requirement: If your waymark submission is located outside the USA, you are required to include an English translation in addition to your country's language (German, Spanish, French, etc.).

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
When posting a visit of a Free Community Book Exchange, please include the minimum of one picture of your visit as proof that you were there in the flesh. PLEASE, NO DRIVE-BY WAYMARK VISITS! Take the time to stop and look at the few books the owner has taken the time to offer to the public and enjoy the experience!

Although not required, please include your personal experience of this location. How did you come across this Free Community Book Exchange? By accident? Searched for one in your area on a website?

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Free Community Book ExchangesCentral Park, Winter Haven, Florida

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Book exchange box located in the Central Park by the fountain.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR

location: Florida

date approved: 9/7/2018

last visited: 9/7/2018

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Free Community Book ExchangesCentral Florida Information Center Book Dispensers - Davenport, FL

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These two machines offer free books for those who have a library card with the county.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Florida

date approved: 7/21/2014

last visited: 7/21/2014

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Free Community Book ExchangesLittle Free Library #18932 - Safety Harbor, FL

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Located in the middle of a round about at the end of North Bayshore Drive in Safety Harbor.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located at the Safety Harbor Marina

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located in the Mullett Creek Park

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located at the Safety Harbor Museum

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located in the John Wilson Park on Main Street in Safety Harbor

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located at the Rigsby Recreation Center in Safety Harbor

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Free Community Book ExchangesLittle Free Library #35223 - Palm Harbor, FL

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Located in the Lutheran Church parking lot.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located by the front door of the East Lake Fire Rescue Station 57

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Located in Lansbrook Commons Park in Palm Harbor

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 4/13/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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Free Community Book ExchangesLittle Free Library #33368 - Pinellas Park, FL

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This little library is located in the emerging creative district of Pinellas Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 10/8/2017

last visited: 10/8/2017

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A "Little Free Library" book exchange located at the Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR

location: Florida

date approved: 5/20/2019

last visited: 5/9/2019

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Located near the main entrance of the Pinellas County School Board on the corner of 4th Street SW and 4th Avenue SW in Largo.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 7/8/2017

last visited: 7/7/2017

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Little Free Library located at the Seminole Rec Center.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 10/8/2017

last visited: 10/8/2017

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Free Community Book ExchangesLittle Free Library #32439 - Belleair Bluffs, FL

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Located at the Belleair Bluffs City Hall on Sunset Blvd. which is off Indian Rocks Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 10/8/2017

last visited: 10/8/2017

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Free Community Book ExchangesEmerson Point Little Free Library - Palmetto, FL

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This Little Free Library is on the outside of the Welcome Center in the Emerson Point Preserves.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 12/5/2016

last visited: 12/4/2016

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Free Community Book ExchangesLittle Free Library #47946 - Madeira Beach, FL

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This little library is located in a neighborhood off Gulf Blvd. in Madeira Beach, FL

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 10/9/2017

last visited: 10/9/2017

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Located at the Southwest Recreation Complex on the corner of Wilcox Road and Vonn Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado

location: Florida

date approved: 10/8/2017

last visited: 10/8/2017

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Located in Griffin Park, Howey in the Hills, Florida

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member takeabrake

location: Florida

date approved: 4/24/2019

last visited: never

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This is a Little Free Library Box Charter # 51868, located under a big oak tree, by Lawton House.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member takeabrake

location: Florida

date approved: 9/9/2018

last visited: 9/20/2018

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This little free library sits in front of an old white building which has no identification. Neither does the library have any identification.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Janila

location: Florida

date approved: 8/30/2018

last visited: 8/31/2018

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Free Community Book ExchangesLittle Free Library 16938 - Cape Coral, Florida USA

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Little Free Library #16938 at 4 Mile Ecological Park 2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957

location: Florida

date approved: 11/7/2017

last visited: never

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