Here's where to find those awesome little free libraries in New Westminster

NOTE: This story was updated March 25 and 26 with new information.

It’s community at its best – and there’s no surprise that it’s a concept that’s thriving in New Westminster.

We’re talking, of course, about the phenomenon that is the “little free library” – also known as the pop-up library or community book exchange.

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The little book houses have popped up in neighbourhoods all over the city, giving people a chance to donate books and take books in exchange. A few are officially registered with Little Free Library (find out all about it at, and there are a host of others as well.

We asked you, our readers, on Twitter and Facebook, and you rose to the occasion by sharing a long list of locations. We have to note that Sapperton and Queen’s Park areas are well represented, but so far we’ve heard of little in the downtown or West End, and no one from Brow of the Hill has shouted out … so please let us know if you know any from those areas that are missing.

Here’s our list to date. We’ll keep updating as information comes in, so be sure to check back periodically.




309 Nootka St. – in the alley, just up from East Columbia (This one even has a Twitter account, @NootkaStLibrary.)

Miner Street, near the corner of Debeck

Little Free Library, New Westminster
This pretty little free library is in the alley at 309 Nootka St. - Julie MacLellan

400 block of Fader Street, between Major and Sherbrooke (two libraries; one for kids’ books)

Richard McBride Elementary School (kids’ books only), in the front garden at 331 Richmond St.

Sapperton Plaza, on East Columbia Street between Knox Presbyterian Church and Starbucks

421 Cumberland St., at Carroll Street (two libraries; one for kids and one for adults)

400 block of Alberta Street

Rickman Place and Jackson Crescent



Fourth Street at Seventh Avenue

Fourth Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets

222 Princess St.

Fourth Avenue, near Arbutus Street

Princess Street little free library
The Princess Street pop-up library is a popular stop. - contributed

Sandringham Avenue, between Second and Fourth streets

Foot of Colborne Street, in the roundabout

205 Fourth Ave.



Corner of Agnes and First streets (by the bus stop)



NEW: 255 Salter St., Port Royal - Juliana Li reported this brand-new library on March 19. It's painted on a My Neighbour Totoro theme, and it's handily located just five minutes from the bus stop and five minutes from the Q2Q ferry dock. It was funded by a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation - and it's the first one (that we know of) in Queensborough.

little free library, Port Royal
The latest little free library to come to our attention is this cute little fella at 255 Salter St. in Port Royal. - contributed

Star Crescent, just off Furness



NEW: The Little Library on the Hill is in the centre of the neighbourhood, in the park by the duck pond, with a bench beside it for reading in good weather. Installed Dec. 9, 2018.



Bowler Street, at the alley that runs parallel to Eighth Avenue

Nanaimo Street, between 14th and 16th streets


Note: This list has been sourced in part from community suggestions and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. But if we’ve made any errors or not quite explained a location correctly, please let us know. Or if we’ve missed any pop-up libraries in your neighbourhood, please tell us. Email


little free library, Fourth Avenue
This little free library on Fourth Avenue near Arbutus is much beloved for matching the red house that owns it. - Jon Jennings, Twitter


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