Spread the word: free street libraries to expand in the Inner West

Monday, 16 July 2018

Council has committed to looking at ways it can harness the success of Street Library Australia and support the roll out of a comprehensive network of street libraries across the Inner West.

 Street libraries are small structures that provide opportunities for neighbours and communities to share their pre-read or unwanted books with one another.

The books are free and the community can choose to either return or keep the books.

Councillor Anna York, who moved the motion, said she has been approached by a number of residents who have expressed an interest in working with Council to support this project.

“Street libraries are a symbol of community, connection, imagination and sharing.

“They support many of the priorities we share as part of our vision on Council - I see them as little boxes that encapsulate our values of community, local culture, creativity, equality, street activation, and sustainability; and they encourage walking and active transport,” she said.

“We already have many street libraries in parts of the Inner West. Around my area in Newtown, Enmore, Stanmore, and Marrickville, Street Libraries have been flourishing over the past few years, and they are well supported in our community.

“But there are other parts of the Inner West that don’t yet have access to these little libraries, and I have been approached by members of our community wanting to know how Council can help,” she said.

Over the past few years a number of street libraries have been installed across the Inner West and the City of Sydney following the success of the non-for-profit Street Library Australia movement.

Street Library Australia staff helps people around the world start and maintains Street Library Australia book exchanges. The organisation provides building instructions for small library boxes, online resources and ongoing support.

“These little, free libraries have been popping up organically in lots of local streets, and I’m keen to hear if residents would use one if we set it up in their neighbourhood,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne

“By expanding the number of street libraries in the Inner West, we are sharing the joys of reading with others and building new community connections,” he said.

For further information, please contact John Roper on 0435 963 787.

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