The Crackdown on Little Free Libraries

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The Crackdown on Little Free Libraries

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mar 20, 2015, 11:40 pm

Has anyone read this piece about the regulation (and destruction) of LFLs? Anything like this happening near you?

Redigerat: mar 21, 2015, 8:17 am

This line from that article cracked me up:

"Crime, homelessness and crumbling infrastructure are still a problem in almost every part of America, but two cities have recently cracked down on one of the country's biggest problems: small-community libraries where residents can share books"

Before I set up the Little Free library of Twinbrook (#7720), I emailed my city council members in Rockville, Maryland, USA. My first idea was to put the Little Free Library on city property, but I would maintain it. The answer from one city council member was that it was a great idea, but that *I* should do it. Hence, my husband and I set ours up on our front lawn, far enough back from the sidewalk that it was indisputably on our property and not on city property.

It has been up since July, 2103, and I've never heard any complaints about it. I did ask and get my neighbor's permission to situate it closer to her driveway than to my own driveway as I didn't want visitors to think I was watching them through my kitchen window as they visited. My neighbor was in agreement with this idea. I evens showed my LFL to one city council member when she was canvassing the neighborhood before city elections. She won a seat on the city council! :)

In another city, I have seen at least one other Little Free Library that was set up on what appeared to be city property as it was located on the grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb. To do something like this, I think having permission is very important as the property is not one's own.

I don't think there should be a permit needed for a LFL on one's own property unless a city requires a permit for a mailbox or a birdhouse, both of which also are small permanent structures on private property. :)

mar 21, 2015, 8:36 am

A few Little Free Libraries here have gotten positive press in the local newspaper, two before my time and one that was placed in a park by a civic organization. Mine and another got positive press on a local Facebook group whose participants include several city government officials. A recent LFL is in the front yard of a township supervisor.

mar 23, 2015, 3:25 pm

The Southminster United Methodist Church here in Lincoln, Nebraska put a LFL between the sidewalk and the curb and shortly after received a letter from the city Public Works and Utilities Department. The LFL violated a restriction to keep the right of way unobstructed. They moved the LFL to the other side of the sidewalk (off of the right of way). We have ours between the house and the sidewalk as regulations require.