20 Charming Little Free Library Plans

What we all need right now is community. Whether the community you belong to is online, across the country, or right in your own neighborhood, getting to spend time with people who share your interests or hobbies is incredibly special.

And if the community that you feel most connected to is your neighborhood, there are many different ways to become more involved. Maybe it’s establishing a community garden, sharing a shed where anyone can borrow tools, or maybe, it’s building a little free library!

If you aren’t familiar with them, a Little Free Library is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a relatively small structure housing books that neighbors can drop off to share with others in the area. In addition to dropping off books, you can always grab a new one to enjoy, too.

Little Free Libraries are a great way to share the joy of reading with those around you and the fact that they’re free makes getting a hold of books far more accessible to those who may not have the means to purchase new ones.

You can purchase a Little Free Library kit from the Little Free Library Foundation, or there are a variety of Little Free Library plans you can build from scratch.

If you’re more inclined to build your own, read on to discover some of our favorite Little Free Library plans and learn more about the Little Free Library Foundation.

Little Free Library Plans With Succulent Roof

little free library plans with succulent roof
Photo Courtesy of Small + friendly

Here’s the perfect Little Free Library for all you gardeners. This simple Little Free Library is fairly easy to put together, and it won’t cost much as far as materials.

Related Post: How To Make A Succulent Terrarium

The top of the library has a mini garden bed that’s perfect for Sedum varieties or other small succulents.

Find the plans at Small + Friendly

Pretty in Pink Little Free Library Plans

Beyond being totally cute, this Little Free Library features a cubby inside to encourage organization and offer ample space for a variety of books.

Upcycled Newspaper Box Little Free Library Plans

upcycled newspaper box little free library plans
photo courtesy of refashionista

Why build something from scratch when you can upcycle? This Little Free Library is made out of an old newspaper box that’s been painted and given some TLC. It’s the perfect size to fit a variety of book sizes and shapes.

Find the plans at Refashionista

Little Free Library With CD Roof

little free library plans with cd roof
Alan Levine / Flickr (Creative Commons)

Swing by the local thrift store (or dig through your junk drawer) to find some old scratched CDs, and transform them into a roof for your little free library. This design is fairly simple, and the bright paint colors and reflective roof make it fun.

Dr. Seuss Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

…the ‘Seuss inspired’ LFL (little free library) is now open for business in Arlington, TX @ Nana and Pops house!

A post shared by santajoejoe (@santajoejoe) on

There aren’t any directions to go along with this Little Free Library, but it’s an awesome idea if you have the woodworking know-how. With its topsy-turvy design and colorful paint, it’s definitely a Seuss-inspired library where kids will love finding a new book!

Clock Tower Little Free Library Plans

clocktower style little free library plans
photo courtesy of instructables

With two cabinets, this clock tower Little Free Library offer ample space for a variety of books in all shapes and sizes. This tower has one clock face, but it would be fun to include multiple clocks set for places all over the world.

Find the plans at Instructables

Upcycled Filing Cabinet Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

Affordable and cute book-sharing box made from a filing cabinet! #sharebooks #littlefreelibrary #littlelibrary #freelittlelibrary #bookstagram #littlefreelibrariesofinstagram

A post shared by Little Free Library (@littlefreelibrary) on

Here’s another upcycled Little Free Library idea that’s full of space for a plethora of books. Every drawer is designated for a specific type of book, and you could certainly pair two filing cabinets for even more organization.

A-Frame Little Free Library

a-frame little free library
Mark Turnauckas / Flickr (Creative Commons)

Maybe complicated woodworking isn’t a skill of yours, but you want to try your hand at building a wooden Little Free Library. Consider going with an A-frame! You can utilize salvaged wood and glass to make it even more special.

Hobbit-Inspired Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

Cutest @littlefreelibrary we’ve ever seen! Come see for yourself at @art_on_the_ave today in @slatterlypark! Check out stories for more. 9-4 TODAY at the 800 block of 6th Ave Se. 📚🌳

A post shared by Rochester Mom (@rochester_mom) on

If you’re a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan, you can appreciate this super cute Little Free Library. It’s a pretty close replica of a hobbit house and will definitely get you in the mood to enjoy a fantasy book or two.

Cabinet Turned Little Free Library Plans

victorian-style little free library plans
photo courtesy of At home with ashley

Here’s some adorable Victorian-style Little Free Library plans that are upcycled AND match the owner’s house. This library is made out of an old cabinet and has ample storage for a variety of books and magazines.

Find the plans at At Home With Ashley

Tree Trunk Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

Loved spotting this little book exchange library at the mall of all places! Yes at the mall, a place known for buying, which made it so refreshing to see something that was all about sharing. And what’s better than sharing the love of books? (Not to mention what a great way to repurpose this old tree trunk.) Didn’t have one to leave but next time I go I’ll be sure to take some with me. ❤ ⠀⠀ ____________________ #bookexchange #freelibrary #littlefreelibrary #sharethelove #sharetheloveofreading #freebooks #leaveonetakeone #becauseofreading #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookcommunity #bookishlove #booklover #booksbooksbooks #booksofig #welovebooks #readsonwednesdays #ipreview via @preview.app

A post shared by Stephenie Freeman (@reads.on.wednesdays) on

If you have a log hanging out in your yard, or maybe an old tree that’s going to be cut down, save it and turn it into this charming Little Free Library. If you don’t have access to a stump or log, do a quick search on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

Small Farmhouse-Style Little Free Library

For a farmhouse-inspired look for your library, consider these Little Free Library plans.

Related Post: Farmhouse Table Plans

Though these plans require a bit of woodworking, the steps are fairly simple and result in a well-built, rustic library.

Upcycled Washer and Dryer Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

Old washing machines turned into a #LittleFreeLibrary in a laundromat! Just love this. #sharebooks Repost @imtinymal

A post shared by Little Free Library (@littlefreelibrary) on

Most probably don’t have an old washer and dryer on hand, but if you do, check out this clever idea. Shelves are added to the interior of the washer and dryer to provide more organization, and if you wanted to take it to the next level, you could make one designated for children’s books and the other for adult literature.

Wide Little Free Library Plans

photo courtesy of a beautiful mess

The short and wide design of this Little Free Library makes it the perfect shape for a single row of books. As with some of the previous designs, these Little Free Library plans are designed to mimic the style of the house, and feature charming mid-century modern inspired details.

Find the plans at A Beautiful Mess

Colorful Library With Drawbridge-Style Door

View this post on Instagram

This is the first Little Free Library I visited during my little adventure yesterday. It was located in a town park surrounded by soccer fields and a little playground. At first I struggled to open it, then figured out that it opened out like a drawbridge. I don’t think I’ve seen one like that before, it was very cool once I figured it out! 🤣 Largely due to the location, this one had lots of great kids books for little readers but also some books for their chauffeurs who bring them to and from their soccer games. Did you play any sports as a kid? #littlefreelibrary #LFL #soccer #youthsoccer #littlefreelibraries #giveabooktakeabook #reading #readingfriendz #bookstagram #casuallybookish #readersofig

A post shared by Jules 🌺 (@pagesandpuppers) on

If you can’t be bothered with creating a fancy glass door for your Little Free Library, consider this idea that features a drawbridge door.

Pink and White Little Free Library Plans

photo courtesy of lolly jane

Simple and sweet, these Little Free Library plans call for just a few supplies and common woodworking tools. The inside is lined with a floral print paper that adds a cute, dainty touch.

Find the plans at Lolly Jane

Doctor Who Tardis Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

Some of the current selection.

A post shared by Tardis Little Free Library (@tardislittlefreelibrarybc) on

Doctor Who fans, this one is for you!

Simple Wood Little Free Library Plans

photo courtesy of tatertots and jello

This roughhewn wood library is stained with a few different colors to give it a unique look. A simple latch keeps the door shut securely and a shelf allows for extra space for lots of books.

Find the plans at Tatertots and Jello

Minimalist White Little Free Library

View this post on Instagram

welcome to the neighborhood🖤 so excited about my @littlefreelibrary! #littlewhitehaus #littlefreelibrary #midmod #littlewhitelibrary #littlewhitehouselibrary

A post shared by Little White Haus (@littlewhitehaus) on

Here’s one more matching Little Free Library for good measure. This simple and minimalist library has two shelves and an angular design that matches the house. There’s also a built-in bench that offers a reading space to enjoy a book.

Harry Potter Inspired Little Free Library Plans

View this post on Instagram

Attention #potterheads⚡ this #LittleFreeLibrary book box is a must-see! It's charter 95549, click our bio link to find it on the #littlelibrary world map! #sharebooks #harrypotter #freelittlelibrary #littlefreelibraries #littlefreelibrariesofinstagram #bookstagram

A post shared by Little Free Library (@littlefreelibrary) on

If you spent most of your childhood totally stoked about the next Harry Potter book that was coming out, this Little Free Library is totally up your alley. Or should we say Diagon Alley?

Source: insteading.com

- -