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Edited: Nov 19, 2013, 11:00am Top

Nov 19, 2013, 11:37am Top

Do you want bug reports and suggestions for improvements here or somewhere else?

Nov 19, 2013, 11:38am Top

No, here's good. Whacha got?

Edited: Nov 19, 2013, 11:59am Top

When I go to my "Local" page, at the top, under "Little Libraries" it says:

There are bo "Little Libraries" within 0 miles.

I'm guessing you meant "no", not "bo". (smile)

Also, I don't see how to change the range from 0 miles to something more useful.

ETA: well, I see now that the range would have to be hundreds of miles before anything showed up, so maybe that's not so important.

Nov 19, 2013, 12:05pm Top

4: LFL in IL haven't been entered yet. They do exist, so keep checking...

Nov 19, 2013, 12:06pm Top

Or add them yourself!

Nov 19, 2013, 12:08pm Top

(Almost) completely off-topic question, but inspired by the blog post.

What is the "Board for Extreme Thing Advances?" I've seen it around for years, but never got around to asking about it. There's a lovely link in the Little Libraries blog post, but apparently it's a private group.

Nov 19, 2013, 12:09pm Top

7> There's a clue in that the acronym for the group is BETA.

Nov 19, 2013, 12:11pm Top

>8 jjwilson61: Thanks! I would have never noticed that in a million years.

Nov 19, 2013, 12:12pm Top

Message me if you want an invite.

Nov 19, 2013, 12:46pm Top

>5 qebo:, 6: Yes, I know of one about a mile from my house; once I find out its exact address I will add it. But since it's more than 0 miles from my location, will it show up after I add it?

Nov 19, 2013, 12:59pm Top

Yeah. It's going down to 0 because there are none. I'll fix that.

Nov 20, 2013, 6:27am Top

A question. In my part of the world we have several pubs that have charity book swap shelves. In other words it is like a free book swap shelf like Little Free Libraries, Official BookCrossing Zones and Telephone Box book exchanges only they ask for a donation to charity. Is it OK to list these as Little Libraries?
Apologies if this was the wrong place to ask, I'm new around here.

Nov 20, 2013, 6:59am Top


It is a good question. My local pub does a book shelf which people are free to take and leave books. It isn't even a swap. Someone could just be a taker if they wish.

Edited: Nov 20, 2013, 8:41am Top

> 13

I think that Tim intends for us to list all "little" collections. If there are caveats, such as a donation to charity, simply list that in the description.

The more people who know about that collection, the more people who will visit and the more money will be collected by the charity. Post your entry under the subtype "Other" and include the name of the charity in the description.

By the way, a heart welcome to LibraryThing ardachy!!

Nov 20, 2013, 9:23am Top

Is it OK to list these as Little Libraries?

More than okay.

Nov 20, 2013, 9:35am Top

Just chiming in to say THANK YOU for this amazing resource. I often plan road trips around OBCZs and LFLs and this will make things SO much easier.

Nov 20, 2013, 9:50am Top

Well, MY motivation just went way up.

What about hotels that have libraries? Mrs. Lee's hotel and there is a chain I've stayed in. I am pretty sure there is a whole thread on the topic.

Nov 20, 2013, 10:03am Top

Yeah, just mark them as "Hotel library" or something. We can filter them in and out as necessary later, if they're marked.

Nov 20, 2013, 12:12pm Top

Country Inns & Suites has a (trademarked name) Read It and Return program. So far, I have entered one. http://www.librarything.com/venue/87450. There are - 470.

Nov 20, 2013, 12:21pm Top

Anyone else finding that addresses listed with a Little Free Library don't seem to match the actual location of the LFL? I've only come across a couple that I wasn't able to figure out. I'm hoping someone who has actually been to the LFL will correct the entry. In one case it's supposed to be at a city park, but the address was well outside the very small city limits. Another was supposed to be outside a church, but there wasn't an obvious nearby church to pick.

Nov 20, 2013, 12:26pm Top

This McDonald's Restaurant in San Diego, California, USA had a wall of bookcases where people could read or take books. It's the only McDonald's I've seen with one but I imagine there are lots of coffee shops that do something similar.

The new Starbucks in Disneyland on Main Street has bookshelves but the books are either fake book-like boxes, etc. (poor show in my opinion) or attached permanently as decorator items. Hence, I don't think it would count but the McDonald's example above should.


Edited: Nov 20, 2013, 12:36pm Top

21: I'm finding occasional oddities, sometimes seems a mixup of sponsor and LFL location, sometimes typos. I've been able to clear up some with GPS coordinates. One was a PO box, and I looked up the host's name in the white pages, still didn't get a street address, so I let it be as is. So I guess we do what we can. I'm figuring better to have it in LT with somewhat iffy info that can be corrected later.

Maybe if you can't resolve a discrepancy, mention so in the description?

Nov 20, 2013, 3:15pm Top


Nov 20, 2013, 3:40pm Top

My oncologist's office has an open bookshelf that's unlikely to be used by anyone who didn't have business at that office. After all, it's not the sort of place one would visit because they have books. But I am still wondering if it would qualify.

Nov 20, 2013, 4:15pm Top

At least one of the LFL libraries I've entered was inside a business. I'd say it qualifies, but should be labelled clearly as to location. It certainly shows thoughtfulness towards the patient - something I think is an important quality for any practitioner to have any particularly so in an oncologist.

Nov 20, 2013, 5:14pm Top

Then the shelves in the holiday village in Alcudia, Mallorca we stayed at this summer also qualify...

Edited: Nov 20, 2013, 9:17pm Top

Anyone flown Qantas lately? Their "Stories for any journey" custom collections of books might qualify? The address would be hard to pin down.

I see several have been added in Australia, but none in my country, New Zealand, yet, and none listed on the LFL's site for NZ.

Edited: Nov 22, 2013, 5:28pm Top

What fun! I couldn't find any listed here for Oregon, so thought I would try it out. The LFL map on Google is a bit clunky; I got California, then Idaho, before finally landing on Mill City, Oregon. As the name suggests, Mill City is an old wood products town (sawmill/plywood), but the mills shut down long ago and the place was in decline. Now it seems it is becoming quite the hipster place - they have a LFL sponsored by Vimana Cycle, a builder of fine custom bicycles!

This could get to be addictive, like so many things here. I feel a road trip coming on!

Edited: Nov 22, 2013, 5:31pm Top

> 22: I've not looked forward to visiting a McDonald's since our son outgrew Playland and Happy Meals, but I know where I'm going if I ever get to San Diego -- Thanks!

> 23: How big is the P.O. Box?

Nov 24, 2013, 8:51am Top

(none) - a very useful category to find LFLs entered in the US that are missing a state.

Trouble is, both these entries HAVE a state and I've edited the state multiple times to try to get them to show up in the correct state. Can't seem to make it happen.

toggle favoriteLittle Free Library at 24447 N. Dustin Rd.
24447 N. Dustin Rd., Acampo, CA 95220
toggle favoriteLittle Free Library at 2792 Adams Street
2792 Adams Street, Adamstown, MD 21710

Tim - could you please take a look?

Nov 24, 2013, 12:16pm Top

Nov 24, 2013, 1:39pm Top

Ah, but it is also listed under (none)

Nov 25, 2013, 1:04am Top

I see there are 2 LFLs in my area, Montgomery, AL USA. I will try to visit them ASAP and take a pic.
How did you know about them, timspalding?

Nov 25, 2013, 3:47am Top

Ah, but it is also listed under (none)

Ah. So are 1,700 other venues. It's failing somehow… Looking at.

Nov 25, 2013, 4:24am Top

The "none" option is now fixed.

Nov 25, 2013, 8:15am Top


Nov 25, 2013, 8:25am Top

Hmm. Every US state I click on - including (none), I get the result of None. Something is amiss.

Nov 25, 2013, 8:49am Top

Huh. Start from http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?subtype=1

Then you click a state, and it's always the none result?!

Edited: Nov 25, 2013, 8:55am Top

Start at your own local and type in a state name. you will get a list of a lot of venues in that state, but at the top is:
Little Libraries

There are no "Little Libraries" within 0 miles.

(Essex VT gives me:
Little Libraries

There are 3 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.)

Nov 25, 2013, 9:06am Top

Well, so the problem is that typing in the state name gives you a place in the epicenter of the state. It doesn't give you the state directory. Maybe it should.

Nov 25, 2013, 9:40am Top

39> It was earlier this morning. It's fine now.

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