Tag:amenity=public_bookcase

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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = public_bookcase
Hannover, public bookcase.jpg
Description
A street furniture containing books. Take one, leave one.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Wikidata
Wikidata-logo.svgQ294297
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

A Wikipedia-16px.png public bookcase (sometimes known as a book exchange) is a type of street furniture containing books. Anyone can take a book from it, or leave one of their own. Contrary to a formal library, there is no rental registry, no membership, no fees and no obligation to return the books borrowed. Books made available on a public bookcase are considered a public commodity to be shared among the local community.

Public bookcases come in many shapes:

  • standing on their own: a bookcase or a small hut;
  • built reusing a public amenity: an old telephone booth or the back of a bus stop;
  • placed on the wall of a public place: shelves in the hall of a community center or on the external wall of a library.

They are also known under the name of Little Free Library, a project which helped popularize the movement of public bookcases.

How to Map

Applies to nodes or areas.

Tag Description
amenity=public_bookcase The tag used to describe a street furniture containing books.
name=* Optional. Name of the public bookcase, for example hand written text on the furniture (e.g. "Thomas' Little Library").
brand=* Optional. Name of the brand, if there is one visible (e.g. BookCrossing, Croque-livres).
capacity=number Optional. Number of books the bookcase can contain.
opening_hours=* Optional. Can be an important information.
operator=* Optional. Name of the operator, for example a restaurant that provides the bookcase within its walls.
public_bookcase:type=* Optional. Distinction based designs.
website=* Optional. Website of the public bookcase, if one exist.

Examples

Rendering

suggestion: Nuvola apps bookcase 2.svg

See also