Little Library

Little Libraries are a blessing to bookworms, they are placed in parks and neighbourhoods to promote sharing and reading, but where are they in South Africa?


South Africa – The other day someone asked where our local library was. We had zero ideas where but a quick Google showed us that there are only three libraries near us, and the closest is a ten-minute drive away. So where can a person get books without spending a small fortune? Besides public libraries, there are also little libraries.

A Little Library is an unmanned storage unit, so to speak, usually, a small cabinet on a pole but sometimes something genuinely whimsical that is filled with books. The books are placed there by members of the public and can be taken at will.

The system relies wholly on honesty. The principle is that if you take a book, you should place a book. We were recently tagged in a post about a new Little Free Library that was placed at ‘Die Handelsmark’ restaurant in the Eastern Cape, the first of its kind in the region.

This inspired us to find out where there are more? These are the ones we know of so far. Let us know exactly where you have seen one recently, and we will add it to the list.


  • Lonehill, Johannesburg North – The free library is on Concourse Crescent by the greenbelt. (Pictured above)
  • Westdene, Benoni – Korsman’s Bird Sanctuary
  • Emmarentia, Johannesburg – Emmarentia Botanical Garden, Thomas Bowler entrance.

North West

  • Meiringspark, Klerksdorp – 3 Wilco Street (Photographed below by Debbie Visser) – Street Reads
Photo Credit: Debbie Visser / Supplied

Eastern Cape

Patensie, Sara Baartman – ‘Die Handelsmark’ restaurant at 21 Willowmore Road

The Little Library was placed at Die Handelsmark in collaboration with Youth Potential South Africa (YOUPSA) to help boost access to books.

“Books are scarce in this part of the world and there is no bookshop far and wide. This is only the fifth Little Free Library in South Africa.

These free neighbourhood book exchange cabinets number more than 90,000 around the world, in 85 countries. They build communities, spark creativity, and inspire readers.” – YOUPSA

If this is something you think would thrive in your community, you can find all the details on how to start one here.

Sources: YOUPSA 
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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