Monday, February 1, 2010

UK phone booth world's smallest library

UK is leading in creative reuse! A traditional bright red phone booth was turned into an open library, in Westbury-sub-Mendip, UK. After witnessing their weekly mobile library disappear, this wee town in the south of England town was not going to let their iconic phone booth be taken away as well.The bright red phone booth was purchased by the Westbury-sub-Mendip Parish council from BT for £1 and residents soon began to install shelves and stock them with books that they have read, with the opportunity of swapping them out for ones they’ve not. A major success, the library is filled with over 100 choices ranging from cookbooks to classics, from blockbuster DVDs to old school CDs.
The library has a very convenient modern feature: it’s open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and even lit at night for those who want a book to curl up with a book before dozing off. In order to keep the selection fresh, there is even a regular check to determine which titles are moving — those failing to capture the eyes of the locals are shipped off to a charity shop.
The inspired reuse of phone booths has become so attractive that BT has received 770 applications from communities seeking to ‘adopt a kiosk’. 350 have already found new lives as art installations, showers and even public toilets.

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