Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries Around Rochester

Before you head out on your day trip, take a look at your own bookshelf. We have dozens of 24/7 public Little Free Libraries where you can donate your books once they have served their purpose.

The mission for Little Free Library® is “to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Libraries.”

They are created and cared for by individual home-owners or organizations to promote the free sharing of knowledge in our community.

Little Free Libraries Map
Snapshot of the LFL map for Rochester

1. Find a few Little Free Libraries

Choose one close by, or go out of your way to explore a new neighborhood.

You can enter a zip code or a city and state to start populating the map, or with location services enabled, locate one near you.

Little Free Library books car

2. Pack up the car

The Little Free Libraries that I have visited express a wide range of genre, subject matter, and age-appropriateness.

You could even offer to pick up books from friends and family.

Make a habit of sourcing new and used books from our bookstores and libraries and donating them to share the love of reading.

Little Free Library Gates
Little Free Library Harvard
Little Free Library Prince
Corn Hill

3. Organize as you deliver

Take a moment to rearrange and organize the books on the shelf as you add yours to the collection.


4. Take a Book. Share a Book.

The LFL tagline says it all—take a book, share a book. While you’re reorganizing, you may find one that interests you. Take it home and enjoy it.

If you like this idea, you could also build your own and become a steward of your own Little Free Library. Hosting your own is a great way to meet your neighbors who share a love of reading.

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Do you enjoy our Little Free Libraries around Rochester?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.


1 thought on “Little Free Libraries Around Rochester”

  1. I live in “The City” and see many inequities. I see small children who have never been taken to the library for story time and who do not have any books in their homes. I see adults who do not know how to read.
    I love to “find” books and magazines for children and adults and place them in the small libraries around town. I also sprinkle other items in these libraries: Puzzles, Holiday Decorations, Craft Kits, etc.
    It may seem like a small thing to some, but it’s all worth it when you see the smiles on faces when those doors are open to these libraries and items become part of their lives. All part of “PLANTING SEEDS”

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