They are a fun and free way for neighbours and passers-by to make connections and share and spread the joy of reading. They work by people leaving books in the library that they no longer need and would like to share with others. Someone else can pick up a book and take it home to read and enjoy.
It shouldn't be too hard to find one. If you look at the website of Street Libraries Australia at streetlibriaries.org.au, you will find all the information you need. You may even like to start one yourself.
On the site, there is an option that lists the street address of where they all are. You will be surprised that you could have one in your street, or around the corner. All the ones depicted in this article have been discovered while engaging in street walks.
Anyone may contribute or take books. If you take a book (or two) from a library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the little library full of good choices for the whole neighbourhood, the next time you pass by the library bring a few books to share. Little Free Library book exchanges function on the honour system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside.
Another great advantage is you can borrow a book that you would not normally buy if you are not sure if you would like it. There is no library to join and no need to worry about late returns and overdue fees.