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Little Libraries Break World Record

Little Free Libraries have been popping across SW Minneapolis, and the world.

Around a year since they started popping up in Southwest Minneapolis, most people probably recognize those distinctive, peak-roofed boxes mounted on mailbox posts.

These Little Free Libraries may seem everywhere, but now it's official—they're the most common kind of library in the world after beating Andrew Carnegie's record earlier this week, according to CityPages. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the industrialist and philanthropist established 2,509 public libraries around the world, including four in Minneapolis

But, CityPages reports, this record could be even more impressive, as Little Free Library co-founder Todd Bol estimates that around three-quarters of all LFL owners don't register their libraries after buying them. The library pictured above, for example, sits in Kingfield near the corner of East 36th Street and 1st Avenue South, but doesn't appear on Bol's map of registered libraries. 

Many stores in Southwest Minneapolis, including the , carry Little Free Libraries.

Leah August 18, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I love these but after inquiring at Settergrens, these beauties cost $500 to purchase and $250 to make yourself! I am all for literacy but this is very cost prohibitive for most folks. Obviously there are many in Linden Hills that this fee is not an issue.
Charlene Roziere August 26, 2012 at 04:04 AM
We repurposed used lumber that we or our neighbors had and only purchased the plexiglas and hardware for the door. There are other people who have used cabinets from second-hand stores and added a roof and weatherstripping. It doesn't have to be costly.

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