6 free local book exchanges

By Northern Star staff

Libraries that are open 24/7 sound far-fetched, but there are already several in DeKalb.

Although the library is open 24/7, no one can go inside. Little Free Library, a global program, is a free book exchange where people can take-a-book and leave-a-book whenever they want. 

Laurie Elish-Piper, dean of the College of Education, oversees six of the free book exchanges in Dekalb.

Unlike typical libraries, Little Free Libraries are made out of recycled materials and are about the size of a shoe box. These weather-resistant boxes hold books until a resident in the area takes one, replacing it with a different book.

The mission of Little Free Library is to promote literacy and create a sense of community through a love for reading, according to Little Free Library.

The Little Free Libraries in DeKalb are located at:

  • 1325 W. Lincoln Hwy.
  • 722 N. Annie Glidden Road
  • 653 Russell Road
  • 1029 Pleasant St.
  • 1915 First St.
  • 1612 Sycamore Road