Little Free Libraries Pop Up On Manhattan Sidewalks

Over the last years we’ve seen loads and loads of parasite libraries made from wooden apple crates. The Architectural League of New York asked ten design agencies to come up with new types of these libraries Little Free Library for the occasion of the Pen World Voices Festival. The people of Stereotank created this remarkable yellow piece of street furniture.

Designers Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente’s library is built out of an upside down plastic tank and a wooden frame. Perforations around the tank allow visitors to peek inside and check out the interior, which should invite them to duck under and discover the book collection while still having a connection with the public space around them. The temporary outdoor shelving unit is planned to be active until September 2013.

Little Free Library by Stereotank

Want to see more parasite libraries? This project in New York transforms old pay phones into free libraries, here’s urban hacktivist Florian Rivière’s take on the parasite book exchange, and click here for a 2012 article about the international Little Free Library movement.