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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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Located near the Walker Nature Center, this LFL holds a fair amount of books.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose

location: Virginia

date approved: 7/6/2020

last visited: never

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A Free Community Book Exchange located near the serviceflats in As, Belgium

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lotty

location: Limburg, Belgium

date approved: 7/5/2020

last visited: never

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Located in the residential area of a small community named Mingus.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 7/4/2020

last visited: never

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A Little Free Library in San Clemente.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 7/3/2020

last visited: never

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This is an artistic Little Free Library near Britton and Western.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/3/2020

last visited: never

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This Little Free Library is at Quail Creek Elementary School. Please do not visit this waymark while school is in session.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/3/2020

last visited: never

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Bücherschrank in Kettig.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 7/2/2020

last visited: never

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Community Book Exchange in Holland

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

location: Michigan

date approved: 7/1/2020

last visited: 7/2/2020

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Community Book Exchange in Holland

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

location: Michigan

date approved: 7/1/2020

last visited: 7/2/2020

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Little Free Library #87155 in Holland

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

location: Michigan

date approved: 7/1/2020

last visited: 7/2/2020

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A library in Santa Cruz, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 7/1/2020

last visited: never

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A simple library in Santa Cruz, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A library in front of the animal shelter.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A library on Cayuga St and Broadway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A library in Santa Cruz, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A library in Aptos, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A library in Aptos, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A little free library in Santa Cruz.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/30/2020

last visited: never

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A little free library in Chanticleer Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/29/2020

last visited: never

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A Little Free Library in the Harper's Landing subdivision in College Park (NE section of The Woodlands), Texas. It is located on W April Mist Circle, right by another small unmarked circle.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven

location: Texas

date approved: 6/28/2020

last visited: 5/13/2020

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Bright yellow box in residential neighborhood.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 6/28/2020

last visited: never

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Located in back of the house near the Gilliland Creek Hike/Bike Trail.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 6/28/2020

last visited: never

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Almost hidden by the Yellow Trumpet Vines, the box is to the left of recreation center entrance.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 6/27/2020

last visited: never

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This Little Free Library is located at FD Moon Middle School. Please do not visit the waymark when school is in session.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 6/26/2020

last visited: never

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This free book exchange is in a residential neighborhood on the West side of I-35.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 6/26/2020

last visited: never

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