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|amenity = public_bookcase|
|A street furniture containing books. Take one, leave one.|
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A(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.
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|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.|