5 Little Free Library Plans

Free Outdoor Library
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These Little Free Library plans will help you build your own library right in your neighborhood so you can share your love of books with everyone you know.

The Little Free Library project has been sweeping the nation for years now, encouraging anyone and everyone to put up a Little Free Library in their community. At a Little Free Library, anyone can take a book and leave a book so they can get something new to read and share books that they love with their neighbors.

Building a Little Free Library a fairly easy woodworking project that's light on the wallet and doesn't take a lot of time. The free plans below include diagrams, photos, and building instructions so you can easily build your own Little Free Library.

After you've built your own Little Free Library, be sure to make it official so you can get it officially listed and get lots of tips on how to make it successful.

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    Little Free Library Plan

    Picture of a man standing next to a little free library

    Alan Baker / Instructables

    AlanWBaker at Instructables has this little free library plan that has step-by-step instructions and real images to help you along the way. We like this plan because it lists all the materials and tools required to build the entire library, from start to finish. You'll get a small and simple Little Free Library that will look great in your yard or community.

    Little Free Library Plan from alanwbaker/Instructables

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    How to Build a Little Free Library

    Little Free Library
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    Scout Life has designed a little free library plan that you can download and use for free. This little free library uses recycled materials such as pallets or old fencing to make the walls, roof, and floor. A few other materials are needed but this is a quick project that even a young man can tackle. Besides a supply list, ​there are written instructions and clearly labeled diagrams to make this a fun afternoon or weekend project.

    How to Build a Little Free Library from Scout Life

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    Little Free Library Plan

    Picture of a little free library on steps

    Cevan Castle / The Architectural League of NY

    This is another free little library that supports five spaces that could be used for books as well as things like art, plants, or maps. The unique design allows for all visitors to be able to view some books at eye level. Build this little free library from The Architectural League of New York by following along with the diagrams and instructions in this 10-page PDF. Your neighbors will be amazed at the unique little free library that took you only a few hours to build.

    Little Free Library Plan from The Architectural League of New York

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    Little Free Library Plan

    A yellow little free library

    StereotankThe Architectural League of NY

    This is a unique little free library plan from Sterotank that describes building a library in a tower-like shape that you see in the picture. The books are stacked together on a shelf on the inside, and you can look through the holes to see them and duck inside to take them. It uses repurposed materials and objects. Assembly diagrams and notes are included in this PDF, as well as a full materials list.

    Little Free Library Plan from Sterotank

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    Free Little Free Library Plan

    a little free library
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    This is a plan from the official Little Free Library website that comes as a 5-page PDF file. The library stands at just over 2 feet tall supported by a five-foot post that you'll need to bury although no cement is required. It uses plexiglass for the door to the inside of the library. It's modeled after an Amish cabin and is cute as can be. Throughout the plan are illustrations and dimensions for building every part of the little library. There's also a Facebook group listed on the plans that you can join for help and inspiration photos.

    Free Little Free Library Plan from Little Free Library