Petite Biblioteque Gratuite

I’m a sucker for any story about little free library concepts, especially when they involve repurposing old tech. The city of Geneva, Switzerland has done just that with some of its obsolete public telephone booths. This example can be found in the lovely Place du Petit-Saconnex.

Until three years ago, every municipality in Switzerland was required by law to maintain public phone booths. But the advent of universal mobile phone use has rendered that legislation unnecessary. The city of Geneva is refitting former phone booths to augment its libraries and to provide an opportunity for residents to recycle their books. The mini libraries are open 6 days a week and maintained by professional library staff. Useres are asked to only leave 3 books at a time and to keep the booths tidy.

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