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Little Free Library

 Our Mission & Vision

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Library book-exchange boxes.

Our vision is a Little Free Library in every community and a book for every reader. We believe all people are empowered when the opportunity to discover a personally relevant book to read is not limited by time, space, or privilege.

How do we achieve our mission and vision?

  1. Providing 24/7 book access.
    Little Free Library book-sharing boxes are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day and are freely accessible to all, removing barriers to book access.
  2. Fostering new Little Free Libraries.
    Little Free Library (LFL) equips, educates, and guides volunteer stewards to establish Little Free Libraries in their communities.
  3. Granting Little Free Libraries to high-need areas.
    Through our programs, LFL grants no-cost Little Free Libraries full of books to underserved urban, suburban, rural, and Indigenous communities.
  4. Championing diverse books.
    Through our Read in Color program, LFL makes books available representing BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other diverse voices to promote understanding, empathy, and inclusion.
  5. Working with key community partners.
    LFL collaborates with schools, public libraries, civic organizations, businesses, and other groups to bring Little Free Libraries to their communities.

Our Values

Little Free Library’s goals and strategies are shaped by a dedicated staff and an engaged board of directors. Together, our work is guided by these core values:


By providing greater, more equitable book access in neighborhoods worldwide, we work to strengthen communities and influence literacy outcomes.


We embrace working with Little Free Library volunteer stewards, as well as local and national partners, to build community and improve book access.


We are dedicated to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion through the programs we run, the books we share, and the community we serve, as well as in the internal operations of our nonprofit.


We value all people and communities, and we respect their wisdom in using Little Free Libraries in a meaningful, individualistic way suited to their culture and locality.


We are committed to integrity and accountability in how we manage our assets, and we are proud to have earned Platinum GuideStar status.

Indigenous Library Program flyer

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