Library in a phone box

Yesterday we were travelling to Wellington when we drove through a village called “Ford Street” and there on a patch of grass by the road was a telephone box that had been turned into a lending library. The telephone box was now completely redundant as a phone box as land lines and mobile phones are so freely available.


The library was operated on a honesty basis, with books on the shelves where previously the telephone had stood, and people were able to come and go freely and pick up or return a book.  There was quite a selection for a small space.


There was also a notice board where information on local events could be displayed and on the outside of the box an information map of the area.


What a brilliant use of a redundant phone box and creating a village amenity to boot.  Some old phone boxes have been sold on Ebay and people have them in their gardens but I think this was a much better use.  We have seen little libraries in pubs but this is the first one I have seen in a phone box.

The little post box was still there and at one time the phone box and post box would have been at the centre of the village or hamlet. the post box has the initials ER which would indicate it was put up in the reign of the current Queen post 1953.


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  1. Nikitaland said

    This has to be the COOLEST thing I have ever seen! I wish we had something like this in our town! I absolutely LOVE this! Now I wish I could grab a book to read! It would have been great to take a photograph of this with someone sitting next to it reading. Thanks ever so much for sharing this! It made me smile today! 🙂

  2. pobept said

    lending library in a phone booth…. I like it a lot Thanks for taking time to photograph and share with us.

  3. Damaris said

    What a fantastic idea about the library. We have some books I’d put in there and I’d have a good browse as well.

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