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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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This is a Harry Potter themed free community book exchange.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/2/2020

last visited: never

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This handcrafted free community book exchange is located on the south side of Sand Springs.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/2/2020

last visited: never

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This wonderful Little Free Library is a red London phone booth!

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/2/2020

last visited: never

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This beautifully decorated Little Free Library is located in a rural area of northeast Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/2/2020

last visited: never

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This interestingly-shaped free library (not a chartered LFL) resides at the northwest corner of City Park, right alongside University Avenue. It is sponsored by the Main Street Association.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Where's George

location: Arkansas

date approved: 9/16/2017

last visited: never

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You will find this quaint LFL inside the Dickinson Law Office at 209 S Broadway in downtown Siloam Springs. Hours are limited for accessing the library, but it sets just inside the door and is visible through the doors from the street.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Where's George

location: Arkansas

date approved: 9/23/2017

last visited: never

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A plastic free community book exchange that was created in an effort to encourage summer reading

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 4/1/2018

last visited: 10/13/2018

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A free community book exchange located in small-town Ripley, Oklahoma

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/28/2018

last visited: 3/31/2018

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This good little library is located at the good little eater restaurant in downtown Stillwater, at W. 10th Ave. and Main.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 6/20/2020

last visited: never

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Colorful Little Free Library located at the entrance to the Wondertorium

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 4/19/2014

last visited: 10/12/2018

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An OSU colored LFL

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/13/2018

last visited: 9/1/2019

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An artistic neighborhood free community book exchange

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/6/2018

last visited: 8/9/2018

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A colorful book exchange located at Liberty Circle

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/13/2018

last visited: 11/17/2018

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A neighborhood free book exchange

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/6/2018

last visited: 8/9/2018

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A LFL in a residential neighborhood near Western and 6th Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/7/2018

last visited: 10/13/2018

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A beautiful LFL structure in a an old tree stump

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/30/2018

last visited: 10/3/2018

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This free book exchange is located at a Payne County social services office.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 11/15/2020

last visited: never

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This cute Little Free Library is located on the east side of Ponca City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/5/2020

last visited: never

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This creative and colorful Little Free Library is located on the east side of Ponca City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/5/2020

last visited: never

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Little Free Library 9146 is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/5/2020

last visited: never

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A sea-themed free book exchange is located on 6th St.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/5/2020

last visited: never

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The Patrick Duffy Little Free Library at the creepy 1909 old IOOF lodge building in downtown Hartshorne OK

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 12/1/2017

last visited: 9/8/2018

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This Little Free Library in Winfield is attached to the wall of a building.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Kansas

date approved: 7/19/2020

last visited: never

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