Little Free Library describes itself as "a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share".
It was initiated by researchers, scientists & educators and encourages people to participate through research & learning. Little Free Library is local and global in orientation and concerned with education, neighbourhood & community and research, knowledge production & information access.
It was launched in 2009 and is ongoing.