List of Phone Box Libraries

BT's Adopt a Kiosk scheme allowed local communities and parish councils to adopt their red telephone boxes which would otherwise have been removed. Since 2009 over 1,500 have been adopted.

The parish councils have converted phone boxes to many other uses including art galleries, tea rooms and florists, one of the most popular reuses is as a library.

Below is a list of phone boxes that have been spotted across the UK, there may be many more.

The phone boxes used are exclusively of the iconic K6 design.

These local communities have given them several different names, the majority are simply called Libraries (60%), although Book Exchange (20%) and Book Swap (10%) are also common terms.

The vast majority have been created purely because of the opportunity presented by the Adopt a Kiosk scheme, although a few have come about partly due to the reduction of local mobile library provision due to council spending cuts.

The phone box libraries are on average 4.2 miles away from the nearest public library, although a couple are as far away as 8 miles, and a few are as near as a mile away.

The earliest was established in late 2009, and the vast majority in 2011.

The area with the most seems to be Somerset where seven have been founded within a few miles of Wells Library. There are two phone box libraries in Wales (Paen-y-Coed and Brynberian), and one known of in Scotland (Kinnesswood). There is one in America, in Clinton, New York, a K8 unit has been used to create a Book Booth along similar lines.


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The list below will be updated as new phone box libraries are spotted

1. Westbury-Sub-Mendip, Somerset
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 01/12/2009
Books, shelves: 200 books, 4 shelves, kids box
Nearest public library: Wells Library, 4 miles away
Links: Daily Mail, BBC, This is Somerset, Guardian

2. St Margaret South Elmham, Suffolk
Swap Box

Earliest date found: 23/07/2011
Books, shelves: 3 shelves
Nearest public library: Bungay Library, 5.1 miles away, under threat of closure in January 2011
Link: Eastern Daily Press, The Mirror

3. Marton Cum Grafton, North Yorkshire
Tiny Library

Earliest date found: 23/09/2010
Books, shelves: 40 books, 5 shelves, box for kids
Nearest public library: Boroughbridge Library, 2.7 miles away
Links: BBC, Yorkshire Press

4. Apethorpe, Cambridgeshire
Library

Earliest date found: 08/03/2011
Books, shelves: N/A (still being set up)
Nearest public library: Oundle Library, 6.1 miles away
Links: Apethorpe News (last status update in March 2011)

5. Point, Cornwall
Book Swap

Earliest date found: 10/03/2011
Books, shelves: 150 books, 5 shelves (only 4 usable)
Nearest public library: Truro Library, 5.3 miles away, fortnightly mobile library
Links: BBC, In the K(er)now

6. Horsley, Surrey
Library

Earliest date found: 17/04/2011
Books, shelves: 4 connected shelves (concealed in roof of phone box)
Nearest public library: Horsley Library, 2.1 miles away
Links: This is Surrey Today, BBC

7. Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire
Library

Earliest date found: 19/07/2011
Books, shelves: 150 books, 4 shelves, box for kids
Nearest public library: Great Shelford Library, 0.8 miles away
Links: Little Shelford, Cambridge News

8. Thruxton, Hampshire
Library

Earliest date found: 10/06/2011
Books, shelves: 100 books, 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Andover Library, 5.3 miles away
Links: This is Hampshire, People


9. Feock, Cornwall
Book Swap

Earliest date found: 10/03/2011
Books, shelves: 71 books, 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Truro Library, 5.3 miles away
Links: In the K(er)now, Facebook


10. Staplehay, Somerset
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 15/04/2011
Books, shelves: 150 books, 4 shelves, box for kids
Nearest public library: Taunton Library, 2.2 miles away (reduced hours due to funding cuts)
Links: This is the West Country, Somerset County Gazette



11. Hatton, Cheshire
Book exchange

Earliest date found: 10/12/2011
Books, shelves: 220 books, 8 shelves
Nearest public library: Stockton Heath Library, 3.7 miles away
Links: Warrington Guardian, Warrington Worldwide

12. Coxley, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 14/04/2011
Books, shelves: N/A
Nearest public library: Wells Library, 2.1 miles away
Links: High Beam Research, This is Somerset

13. Cotebrook, Cheshire
Book Box

Earliest date found: 13/01/2011
Books, shelves: 60 books, 5 shelves
Nearest public library: Tarporley Library, 2.7 miles away
Links: Chester Chronicle, Northwich Guardian

14. Blagdon, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 30/07/2010
Books, shelves: 6 shelves
Nearest public library: Congresbury Library, 6.1 miles away (was under threat of closure in 2009, now run by volunteers)
Links: BBC Bristol

15. Dinder, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 14/04/2011
Books, shelves: N/A
Nearest public library: Wells Library, 2.6 miles away
Links: Wells People

16. Tollerton, Nottinghamshire
Library

Earliest date found: 28/02/2011
Books, shelves: 50
Nearest public library: Keyworth Library, 2.7 miles away
Links: This is Nottingham

17. Timsbury, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 01/05/2011
Books, shelves: N/A
Nearest public library: Radstock Library, 3.8 miles away
Links: Timsbury

18. Shirley, Derbyshire
Library

Earliest date found: 01/06/2011
Books, shelves: 250 books, 10 shelves
Nearest public library: Ashbourne Library, 4.8 miles away
Links: Ashbourne News Telegraph, BBC, This is Derbyshire






19. Cowlinge, Suffolk
Library

Earliest date found: 09/02/2011
Books, shelves: 5 shelves
Nearest public library: Newmarket Library, 8.8 miles away
Links: The Three Tuns Pub

20. Woodborough, Nottinghamshire
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 18/03/2011
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Calverton Library, 1.7 miles away
Links: Dumbles, This is Nottingham

21. Box, Gloucestershire
Lending Library

Earliest date found: 31/08/2011
Books, shelves: 3 shelves
Nearest public library: Nailsworth Library, 1.1 miles away
Links: BBC, This is Gloucestershire, Box Village

22. Coed-y-Paen, Torfaen
Library

Earliest date found: 04/09/2011
Books, shelves: 200+ books, 5 shelves
Nearest public library: Cwmbran Library, 3.8 miles away
Links: South Wales Argus

23. Haybridge, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 12/09/2011
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Wells Library, 1.3 miles away
Links: xrisglmv14

24. Arkesden, Essex
Library

Earliest date found: 28/09/2011
Books, shelves:
Nearest public library: Stansted Library, 5.6 miles away

25. Henham, Essex
Library

Earliest date found: 09/09/2011
Books, shelves: N/A
Nearest public library: Stansted Library, 3.9 miles away

26. Polsham, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 12/09/2011
Books, shelves: N/A
Nearest public library: Wells Library, 3 miles away

27. Brynberian, PembrokeshirePembrokeshire-61
Swop Library

Earliest date found: 09/10/2011
Books, shelves: 80 books, 5 shelves
Nearest public library: Newport Library, 5.1 miles away
Links: Tourist Vs Traveller



Telephone box library28. Chedworth, Gloucestershire
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 17/12/2010
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Cirencester Library, 8.1 miles away
Links: Ranger Stuff , Small World News Service, Flickr






Telephone Books29. Belbroughton, Worcestershire
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 09/04/2011
Books, shelves: 8 shelves
Nearest public library: Hagley Library, 3.5 miles away
Links: Rambling Rose, Flickr



The Brinkworth Book Exchange

30. Brinkworth, Wiltshire
Book Exchange

Earliest date found:20/03/2010
Books, shelves: 4 shelves, box for kids
Nearest public library: Wootton Bassett Library, 5.1 miles away
Links: Swindon Advertiser







The Reading Room31. Kinnesswood, Perth and Kinross
Reading Room

Earliest date found: 15/01/2010
Books, shelves: 12 shelves
Nearest public library: Lochore Library, 4.1 miles away
Links: Flickr

The Book Exchange, Cargreen, Cornwall32. Cargreen, Cornwall
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 18/08/2011
Books, shelves: 7 shelves
Nearest public library: Saltash Library, 4.2 miles away
Links: Flickr






33. Thorganby, North Yorkshire
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 22/10/2010
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Barby Library, 8.2 miles away
Links: BBC, flickr




34. Stanton Wick, Somerset10-08 Stanton Wick
Book swap

Earliest date found: 24/08/2010
Books, shelves: 1 shelf
Nearest public library: Stockwood Library, 5.8 miles away
Link: Flickr






35. West and East Horrington, Somerset
Library

Earliest date found: 14/04/2011
Books, shelves: N/A
Nearest public library: Wells Library, 2.5 miles away

36. Burton Flemming, YorkshireIckle library
Library

Earliest date found: 24/09/2011
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Hunmanby Library, 4 miles away





37. Hadham Ford, HertfordshirePhone-box library
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 22/01/2011
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Bishops Stortford Library, 3.5 miles away
Links: Flickr, Flickr





38. Little Rissington, GloucestershireRed Telephone Box and Berries
Book Exchange

Earliest date found: 31/05/2011
Books, shelves: 4 shelves
Nearest public library: Bourton-On-The-Water Library, 1.8 miles away
Links: Flickr, Little Rissington

39. Little Eaton, Derbyshire
40. Thorpe Salvin, South Yorkshire
41. Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire
42. Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire
43. Hutton Magna, Durham
44. Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire
45. Emery Down, Hampshire
46. Thornhaugh, Cambridgeshire
47. Halmore, Gloucestershire
48. Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire
49. Goxhill, Lincolnshire
50. Penycae, Wrexham
51. St Cross South Elmham, Suffolk
52. Boxworth, Cambridgeshire