If you don’t see your question answered below, please contact us.

Won’t someone vandalise the lil’brary?

Sadly, small incidents of vandalism are common. Having a few books damaged is going to happen at one point or another. If you are anxious, put the lil’brary in a highly visible spot with lots of lights. If something does happen, please report the incident here and the joe team will respond.

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Are there any liability issues with starting a lil’brary?

As long as you have permission from the property owner and install your lil’brary securely and out of the way of foot traffic, you are not likely to have any issues. Be sure to keep your lil’brary in good condition (clean and accessible) to encourage people to use it and avoid complaints!

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Can anyone start a lil’brary?

Yes, anyone may start a lil’brary.

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How do I start a lil’brary?

If you would like a FREE lil’brary? We’ve established a ‘Donation List’ for pre-primary schools, primary schools and non-profit organisations who would like a free lil’brary. Our generous donors will pay for the lil’brary. Our waiting list is open to any public and private pre-primary and primary school and registered non-profit organisation in South Africa. Apply online here

If you are purchasing or donating a lil’brary for a child-friendly space, a restaurant, a coffee shop, on a bus, a children’s hospital, a doctor’s office, anywhere parents with kids have to wait, a school, a public bench, in an area where books are scarce then it’s a one-time payment of R3,849. Your lil’brary will come with books included.

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Can anyone use a lil’brary? Do I have to return books I take?

Yes, anyone may contribute or take books. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from a lil’brary, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the lil’brary full of good choices for everyone, the next time you swing by the lil’brary bring a few books to share. lil’brary book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. This way, we all win!

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How do I donate books?

If you want to give a few books, simply put them in a lil’brary near you. It’s that easy! Please be respectful, though, and don’t cram books in a lil’brary that’s already full.

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What is a lil’brary?

A lil’brary is free book-sharing movement for everyone (adults, teens and kids) to use. With the motto ‘Bring a book, borrow a book’, the aim is to bring people together and get more books into people’s homes. Lil’braries come in one size, however, they are modular, and each and every one of them has a unique, individual touch…

Look out for the lil’brary located near you and please feel free to take a book for your journey or just for reading at home. If you would like to contribute books you no longer need, consider donating them to a lil’brary.

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