This morning I came across the wonderful story of possibly the smallest library in the country on the When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Librarian blog, a Somerset village community have adopted the old village phone box and transformed it into a lending library. It’s extremely simple too, people donate unwanted books, DVDs and CDs to the phone box and then borrow anything that takes their fancy.
Sounds like a fantastic way for the community to maintain some sort of library service within the village (the mobile library service was cancelled a few months ago) and also preserve a classic symbol of Britishness in the process. Small rural village communities are often cut off from many public services and for those without transport visiting a library can be difficult. In the wake of the recession, have come increased budget cuts and financial pressure for local authorities and the needs of certain communities can be neglected. I wonder if the public phone box library might spark a trend amongst similar rural communities across the country where library services are being cut and people are left without?