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!
Protecting Public Health
Little Free Libraries across the City of Port Coquitlam are now safely reopening. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all users are asked to follow these safety guidelines:
- Place item(s) in a paper or plastic bag.
- Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Leave the item(s) in the bag for 3 days (72 hours) before opening.
- Open and enjoy!
We also ask that all Little Free Library users, including our volunteer Library Stewards, follow 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.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
Read in Colour
This summer, Port Coquitlam is inviting 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.
In partnership with Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP), Port Coquitlam is pleased to take part in Little Free Library’s “Read in Color” initiative to bring diverse books to little libraries around the world. The initiative supports TCLIP’s anti-racism initiative, “Dismantling Barriers and Fostering Belonging”, taking place throughout May. Through funding from Resilience BC, TCLIP will provide a selection of diverse books to Port Coquitlam Little Libraries. The lists include books written by and reflective of people of different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, featuring recommendations from the City’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable and the Terry Fox Library. Little Library Stewards will also be invited to sign a pledge as part of Little Free Library’s “Read in Color” initiative, indicating their commitment to read and share diverse books.
The City is also asking the community to consider donating directly to their neighborhood Little Library, with a focus on children’s books, which have proven to be the most popular and in demand from our Little Libraries. View the Read in Colour Book List below for recommendations, and check out the City’s Little Free Library map to find the Little Free Library nearest you!
National Indigenous History Month
In honour of June as National Indigenous History month, Port Coquitlam is inviting the community to donate children’s books to the City’s Little Libraries that promote reflection and learning on the history, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.
Looking for book recommendations? Check out the Every Child Matters book list from Fraser Valley Regional Library. The titles in this list provide children with a window into the suffering that residential schools have caused, and provide an opportunity to reflect on and engage with reconciliation. We honour and witness survivors, their families, and communities, and mourn the victims.
Read in Colour Book List
Children’s books are a great way to express and share the value of diversity, equity and inclusion. It also makes topics easy to understand for everyone! 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
View the recommendations below for diverse children’s books from the staff of Terry Fox Library:
Looking for more books featuring diverse stories? Check out these FVRL Cultural Diversity Booklists:
Stewarding a Little Library
Please note: The City of Port Coquitlam is suspending the installation of new Little Free Libraries at this time. To express interest in stewarding a Little Free Library once applications re-open, please complete an Expression of Interest Form on the Volunteer page.
Community Services Coordinator