Little Free Library

Cleaning up my office one day toward the end of 2015, I decided to get rid of some books that were collecting dust on my shelves. Rather than take them to a used book store or donate to Goodwill I was inspired instead to build a Little Free Library. I thought this would be a fun place to house my unwanted books. Made using all recycled materials, the library's main cabinet is an old computer stand turned on its side; the cabinet door was found at a junk yard; and the base is the seat and legs of a chair from a previous art installation of mine called Bottle Cap Bar. My library is now happily residing in its new home inside American Steel Studios located at 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA. Created for the enjoyment of all American Steel Studios tenants and visitors, stop by any time you are in the mood to read or have a book to share.

Little Free Library FAQs

What is a Little Free Library?
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. 

Can anyone give or take books from any Little Free Library? Do I have to return the exact book I take?
Yes, anyone may contribute or take books. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from a Library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Little Library full of good choices for the whole neighborhood, the next time you swing by the Library bring a few books to share. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. This way, we all win!

About Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to connect neighborhoods around the love of reading by placing free book exchanges worldwide. In January 2016 there are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. They are represented in all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Currently, the organization is working to increase the number of Little Free Libraries in the United States and around the globe, including an initiative to place 100,000 of their book exchanges across America by the end of 2016. To learn more please visit

Take a book; leave a book. It's as simple as that!

Take a book; leave a book. It's as simple as that!