A novel approach to book sharing – Buncrana in Co Donegal is the latest town to install wee libraries

Buncrana’s Free Wee Libraries may be no bigger than dolls houses but they are attracting a lot of attention. Both RTE and BBC have run features on the initiative to get people reading through a free community book sharing scheme.

In total there are five mini libraries, hand-made by volunteers. Each library has two shelves, the upper one for adults and the lower shelf for children. The idea is that users take one book and leave another.

The people behind the project hope to encourage more ‘green time’ by placing libraries in some of the community’s many scenic areas.

Volunteers are keeping an eye on the libraries, and say the system is working well. It is expected that each library will turn over its collection several times per month. 

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