Little Free Libraries
Little Libraries are free neighbourhood book exchanges where anyone can take a book or drop off a book to share with others. No rules, no late fees – everyone can take part!
Anyone can build a bookshelf, but Little Libraries aren’t just about books. They’re about connecting with your neighbours and providing a way for people to give to their community. Little Free Libraries promote reading, literacy and access to books for everyone. The design of each Library reflects the unique personality of the people who use and care for it.
Visit the City of Port Coquitlam’s City’s Little Free Library Map to find a Little Library near you!
Stewarding a Little Library
Anyone is welcome to install a Little Free Library on their own private property. Stewarding a Little Free Library is a rewarding opportunity to share your love of books with others while connecting with your neighbours and community.
We invite all Little Library owners to connect with with the City to join our Little Library Steward community, where they will be added to our City’s Little Library Map and be invited to be a part of Little Library Steward initiatives. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about installing a Little Library on private property, or to register your library with the City.
The City of Port Coquitlam is not currently accepting applications to install a Little Free Library on City property. If you are interested in installing a Little Free Library on City property, such as a public park or green space, please fill out an Expression of Interest Form on the Volunteer page so that City staff can follow up with you when this opportunity becomes available again in the future.
Protecting Public Health
The City of Port Coquitlam is committed to protecting public safety and following the direction of B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO).
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that all Little Free Library users, including our volunteer Little Library Stewards, follow all current public health protocols, including these safety guidelines:
- Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Follow self-quarantine guidelines if you have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you or anyone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days.
- Maintain a safe physical distance of 2 meters (approximately 6 feet) from other Little Free Library users.
- Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
For more information, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/covid19 or follow the City of Port Coquitlam’s social media channels for updates.
Read in Colour
The City of Port Coquitlam invites the community to donate books to the City’s Little Libraries that will promote diverse voices and the opportunity for readers to explore different cultures and experiences.
Children’s books are a great way to express and share the value of diversity, equity and inclusion. It also makes topics easy for everyone to understand! Look for books to donate that:
- Celebrate the joy of diverse voices
- Explore a variety of cultures and experiences
- Represent different languages spoken and read in our City (for example, Korean, Farsi, Tagalog, Chinese)
- Explore holidays celebrated by our Port Coquitlam community
Looking for books featuring diverse stories? Check out these Fraser Valley Regional Library Cultural Diversity Booklists:
- Anti-Racism Books for Kids and Families
- Canadian Multiculturalism Books for Kids and Teens
- Diversity Reads for Kids
- Indigenous Children’s Books
- Multicultural Stories – 1000 Stories before Kindergarten
Little Library Stewards are also be invited to sign a pledge as part of Little Free Library.org’s “Read in Color” initiative, to show their commitment to read and share diverse books.
Community Services Coordinator