The first… Reggio Emilia Street Library

Street libraries have been referred to as ‘a tiny vestibule of literary happiness for your neighbourhood’. Now, we have one as well — and we want everyone to spread the joy!
What’s a Street Library?
The premise to a street library is simple: books come and go. Anyone can use it – friends, neighbours, passers-by – the books are there to be read. So, here’s what you do:
Take Books: Reach in and take what interests you. It’s that simple. You don’t need to check them out, pay for them or report to anyone. Some books include a lovely personal touch – a note from the person who donated it and why they have shared it.
Leave Books: Do you have a growing library at home? You are always welcome to add them to our Street Library (and please feel free to add your own personal note).
What type of Books?: A book is meant to make us think, explore and question. Any book is welcome – your childhood favourites, adult page turners, kids books. It’s your library, your children’s library – your community library.
Share the Love: If you’re enjoying the Street Library, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to share your comments, say hello, jot down a comment, leave a book review, write us a poem… whatever you like. Take a selfie and send it to us at we’d love to share it on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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