Is this the world’s tiniest library? Spinningfields gets a birdhouse for book lovers

Readers rejoice! What might just be the world’s tiniest library has popped up in Manchester’s Spinningfields – and it’s incredibly cute.

The size (and shape) of a birdhouse, it is truly tiny in design with room to house around twenty books.

Created by local artist Caroline Dowsett, its frame features her signature abstract squiggles and shapes.

Nestled amongst the greenery of Hardman Square opposite The Lawn Club, its selections have been carefully curated for wide appeal.

Inside, book lovers can discover a mixture of bestsellers, new releases, and captivating classics – with the little library’s website promising to offer everything from Stephen King to Jane Austen.

Free to use, take your pick and simply replace what you take with a recently read book of your own.

Created in the tradition of the Little Free Library movement, which was started by a pair of Wisconsinites in 2009, it looks to share good books and bring communities together.

Such community gift-sharing networks have proven to have many positive effects. Knowledge, after all, is power.

Whilst we’re hardly short of great libraries here in Manchester, this gets our vote for the cutest.


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