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, and there are a host of others as well.
We first put together this list way back in 2018, crowd-sourcing ideas from readers on social media. And we keep hearing from readers with new additions, so we thought we'd give it an update – just in time for back-to-school reading and for spreading a little pandemic cheer for 2021.
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
Richmond Street, between Alberta and Shiles streets
930 Cumberland St, on the lawn at Mount Zion Lutheran Church (the focus is on kids/youth books, but there's a shelf for adults too)
Victory Heights triangle park, off Chilliwack Street (erected by Massey-Victory Heights Residents' Association)
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.
Fourth Street, between Regina Street and Fifth Avenue
Corner of Agnes and First streets (by the bus stop)
UPTOWN/BROW OF THE HILL
10th Street near Eighth Avenue (across from Joy Farm Market)
Fifth Avenue, between 13th and 14th streets
255 Salter St., Port Royal (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.)
Star Crescent, just off Furness
South Dyke Road, just off Pier Place
The Little Library on the Hill is in the centre of the neighbourhood, just off East Royal Avenue, in the park by the duck pond, with a bench beside it for reading in good weather.
Bowler Street, at the alley that runs parallel to Eighth Avenue
Eighth Avenue and 14th Street
2109 Seventh Ave. (across from 22nd Street station)
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 email@example.com.