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The mission of the Free Community Book Exchanges category is to seek out any and all locations that exist in communities across the globe where free books are offered to the public to borrow, return, exchange with other books, etc. Most exchanges operate on the 'take a book, leave a book' policy.
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Wrap Text around ImageMany communities across the globe have multiple community book exchanges available to the public. In its most basic form, these free book exchanges are boxes full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book or two to share. They can also be an actual building with a physical address. Most, if not all, operate on the principle of a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where people share their favorite literature and stories. They are also referred to as 'book trading posts', 'pop-up libraries', 'Noox' (Neighborhood bOOk eXchange) and the increasingly-popular 'Little Free Libraries', amongst other terms.

The focus of this category is for FREE book exchanges and NOT to be confused with Used Book Stores and Independent Bookstores for which these existing categories focus on the buying and selling of new and used books. This category will accept free community book exchanges of all types, whether they be in the form of a box, a physical building or any location where the general public is encouraged to exchange books and other reading materials for free.

Wrap Text around ImageThe Little Free Libraries movement began in the United States in 2009 and has gained much in popularity for their often custom-made mailbox-like structures. They also promote an official website here as well as a very nice online map of many registered Little Free Library locations here (not all Little Free Libraries are registered on the website's map). There are over 10,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide and growing. Their website also sells Little Free Library kits so one doesn't have to build a LFL, although many homeowners and organizations have custom-built some very elaborate ones. In addition, many geocachers have found Little Free Libraries the perfect locations for new geocaches, which only adds to their increasing exposure and popularity.

Any Free Community Book Exchange may also be submitted into the Bookcrossing Zones category but will require the waymarker to register the book exchange on the Bookcrossing.com website to track its movement of books. This requirement tends to discourage many waymarkers from submitting a waymark into that category. For that reason, this category was created to accept any and all free community book exchange locations one may come across in their travels. PLEASE DO NOT submit a Community Book Exchange location into the Libraries category. The Libraries category officers have supported this category and if they receive a Free Community Book Exchange submission they will most likely deny it (previously approved ones will be grandfathered).

Instructions for Posting a Free Community Book Exchanges Waymark:
When titling your waymark, please follow the naming convention below:

Your Title - Anytown, USA

You may also include the Charter Number of a Little Free Library submission in the title (most have them, some do not).

Requirement: include at least ONE photo in your waymark submission. Additional photos are appreciated.

Many community book exchanges are actual storefronts or are located inside places of business. Please input the hours (in the variable provided) that the business is open for the public to exchange books.

Requirement: If your waymark submission is located outside the USA, you are required to include an English translation in addition to your country's language (German, Spanish, French, etc.).

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
When posting a visit of a Free Community Book Exchange, please include the minimum of one picture of your visit as proof that you were there in the flesh. PLEASE, NO DRIVE-BY WAYMARK VISITS! Take the time to stop and look at the few books the owner has taken the time to offer to the public and enjoy the experience!

Although not required, please include your personal experience of this location. How did you come across this Free Community Book Exchange? By accident? Searched for one in your area on a website?

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A Little Free Library at 420 Elwood Avenue in Oakland.

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location: California

date approved: 9/16/2014

last visited: 9/13/2014

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A little free library at 76 Garland Avenue in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 4/19/2015

last visited: 4/18/2015

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A Little Free Library at 201 Palm Dr in Piedmont, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 8/26/2014

last visited: 9/20/2014

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An older Little Free Library in Oakland.

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location: California

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: 9/20/2014

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Little Free Library at 2721 Park Boulevard in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 1/12/2015

last visited: 1/11/2015

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A little free library at 4160 Emerald Street in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 4/21/2015

last visited: 4/20/2015

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Little Free Library at 1092 Clarendon Crescent in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 1/12/2015

last visited: 1/11/2015

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A little free library at the intersection of 12th Avenue and E. 19th Street in Oakland, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mojoloco7

location: California

date approved: 2/22/2015

last visited: 2/20/2015

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A little free library on a tree in front of 4030 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 4/22/2015

last visited: 4/21/2015

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Little Free Library at 4828 Webster Street in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: 8/5/2014

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A little free library at 737 43rd Street in Oakland, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mojoloco7

location: California

date approved: 4/19/2015

last visited: 4/18/2015

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An Oakland LFL.

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location: California

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: 6/14/2014

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A blue LFL at 835 54th Street in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 9/16/2014

last visited: 3/28/2015

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Little Free Library at 5830 Birch Court in Oakland, CA. Look for the little space between the houses at 5830 and 5834.

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location: California

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: 6/14/2014

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A cool library in Oakland.

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location: California

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: 10/25/2014

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A little free library at 3332 King Street in Berkeley, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 3/9/2015

last visited: 3/7/2015

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A little free library at 6475 Colby Street in Oakland, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 2/17/2015

last visited: 2/17/2015

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A colorful Little Free Library at 1213 Eagle Ave.

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location: California

date approved: 10/20/2014

last visited: 11/11/2014

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An unofficial little free library at 2507 Woolsey Street in Berkeley, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 2/17/2015

last visited: 2/17/2015

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A Berkeley LFL.

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location: California

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: 5/30/2014

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A little free library at 1205 Pacific Avenue in Alameda, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 3/28/2015

last visited: 3/27/2015

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A quaint library in Alameda.

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location: California

date approved: 3/19/2014

last visited: 11/11/2014

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Little Free Library at 2320 Webster Street in Berkeley, CA. This library is located at the intersection of Webster Street and Halcyon Court, just behind Whole Foods on Telegraph.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mojoloco7

location: California

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: 8/9/2014

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A Little Free Library at 1816 Lafayette Street in Alameda, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mojoloco7

location: California

date approved: 11/12/2014

last visited: 11/11/2014

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A little free library in Berkeley.

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location: California

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: 6/4/2014

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