Quiet at the Library

To everyone who complained about book abuse in the 478 comments in the Don’t Like Reading, Read On post, here is a little ray of sunshine for you. As both books and classic red phone booths are becoming a thing of the past, a village in Somerset, England has merged the two rare commodities.

The bright red old phone booth was purchased for just 1 pound and remodeled as the smallest library in the world. Residents line up to swap their already read books for new ones left by other patrons. Over 100 books and a variety of movies and music CDs are available at this tiny library.

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298 Responses to “Quiet at the Library”
  1. alex bzdyra says:

    krystal i dnt think this is a good idea and maybve you should stop trying to act so smart. Two things piss me off when people act smart. 1 you’re probably stupid. 2 I’m wicked smart and I don’t give a shit wen some one swears. Suck it up and this idea is gay

  2. teeker says:

    you guys do know that 9 and 10 year olds can read this stuff and then when they grow up thell be swearing left and right?

    (and,i actually like the idea)

  3. teeker says:

    I agree with christina

  4. teeker says:

    queebus you are pathetic

  5. nel says:

    I like this. A lot. It’s adorable.

    I also like not using the word gay to be a negative thing. If you’re going to insult or disagree with the concept of it, go ahead. Just don’t be unnecessarily offensive about it.

    And learn how to spell.

  6. King Troll says:

    This is getting boaring!

    Who do you guys think you are telling people what to think and say? If people want to call this idea gay then they are perfectly entitled to! Surley if they were being “sheep” they would be thinking what you guys appear to want them to think? You dont see any of them having a go at you for liking the idea do you? So get down from your big fat horses and understand that this is a forum to submit ones views, and that is what these people are doing!

    Would it offend you if I said that this idea is totaly cabbage? or is it just the gay comment you dont like? in which case this idea is a GAY cabbage!

  7. RegularGuy says:

    Seating looks to be a bit cramped, but otherwise, a splendid idea!

  8. aspirinc says:

    queebus you are pathetic

  9. Jenna says:

    Can’t believe this thread has gone on for 6 months! Love the original article. Had a great laugh reading all the comments. Interesting how most people dont seem to read the previous comments before posting. Glad I did. Now I’ve got a good understanding on what a Troll is. Thanks all for coming together to enlighten me!

  10. Titface says:

    I cant believe the British use a phone box for a library, and even more astonishing. Yanks talk about it for six monrhs!!

    Nice one!!

  11. Tada says:

    Yeah,neither can I.And it’s gay.

  12. olmanhyka says:

    thank you very much indeed for that ;)

  13. Petersdu says:

    Great post, love the comments lol

  14. roni says:

    Just thinking of waiting…

  15. Percepticide says:

    If it is gay then don’t go. If the photo strikes that much emotion out of you change what page you are on. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you should render it stupid.

    To me it looks like plenty of people like this idea. It is pretty nifty if I do say so myself.

    I think these should be put in all neighborhoods to encourage people to read more. Reading is a very important thing and a lot of people especially youths are loosing interest in reading.

    Kudos to the person who came up with this idea :D

  16. Linda Jacquot says:

    I live on a tiny island at the end of the Aleutian Chain… this is just the right size library for our community! What a wonderful idea!

  17. Andy says:

    This is fantastic! I doubt though it could be implimented here. Those books would be stolen or mutilated…

  18. firestar says:

    A beautiful thing and all the while it holds this air of sadness at this sort of last gasp of life and energy given to two dying aspects of our culture. The novelty of this “world’s smallest library” is what gave it its success more than anything IMO. That said, it did bring a smile to my face.

  19. shane reilly says:

    Maybe if we had more of these around the busstops, kids would read more!

  20. That is a really cool idea. I could really only see it working in small towns or more artsy communities, but hats off for finding a use for such an old phone booth.

  21. susan says:

    planning to visit in 3 weeks and leave a book from canada!

  22. Can see more photo of this small jewel of a library right here. possibly this plan will take on in other places around the earth.

  23. Barbara Sterling says:

    Why not continue the concept? I bring books along on vacation and when I finish it I leave it with the crew or desk to pass on to other vacationers.

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