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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = give_box
GiveBox an der Schwarztorstrasse 96 im Januar 2020.jpg
A small facility where people drop off and pick up various types of items in the sense of free sharing and reuse. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: amenities
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

The tag amenity=give_box is used to map a give box: a small facility where people drop off and pick up various types of (none food) items such as clothes, small appliances, dishes, toys, books, CDs in the sense of free sharing and reuse. The facility can be a small box, shelf, cabinet, phone box or shack with shelf's. But they all have the same principles, a space of free sharing, reuse, solidarity, and they are organized by the community. Usually only the size of the facility limits the types of items.

Sometimes those facilities are run inside a building, such as the entrance area of a community centre, apartment building or other leisure activity places, and the operator of those facilities is the host.

Similar objects

  • If it is an amenity of separated, dedicated room(s), use amenity=freeshop instead.

Tags used in combination

Tag Description
name=* Optional. If the facility has a name.
description=* Optional. Add details on how to find easily the facility.
opening_hours=* Optional. If the facility is in a shop, cafe etc. Can be an important information.
brand=*, network=* Optional. Name of the brand or network of the facility if there is one visible.
operator=* Optional. Name of the operator, for example a restaurant that provides the facility within its walls.
location=* Optional. Use location=indoor if the facility is inside a building.
access=* Optional. Use access=customers if the facility is only accessible for customers of, for example, a swimming pool.
website=*, contact:website=* Optional. Website of the facility, if one exists.
contact:facebook=* Optional. Facebook page of the facility, if one exists.
ref=* Optional. If the facility has a reference number.
wheelchair=* Optional. Please add this attribute cause a lot of facility do not have wheelchair access.
lit=* Optional. Add this tag if the facility is lit.
covered=* Optional. Use covered=yes for covered facilities.

Checkout contact=* for more contact tags.

Related facilities

Usually, a givebox is a small facility, everyone is free to give and/or take any kind of small items except food. The distinction will sometimes be a matter of judgment. Here are a few suggestions how related facilities could be documentedː

Do not use amenity=give_box + books=only for public bookcases. Use amenity=public_bookcase instead.

Do not use amenity=give_box + food=only for food sharing. Consider using amenity=food_sharing, see Proposed_features/food_sharing.



  • Priceless Map A map showing give boxes. The map is based on OSM data.


  • iD-editor: ID-amenity-give-box.svg

Possible tagging mistakes

amenity=give_box + books=only - Use amenity=public_bookcase instead.

amenity=give_box + food=only - Consider using amenity=food_sharing, see Proposed features/food sharing.

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See also