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.
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 littlefreelibrary.org), 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.
SAPPERTON and MASSEY/VICTORY HEIGHTS
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
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
QUEEN’S PARK AND GLENBROOKE NORTH
Fourth Street at Seventh Avenue
Fourth Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets
222 Princess St.
Fourth Avenue, near Arbutus Street
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.