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The Little Library Locator site

You all know I'm way into little free libraries ever since we built our first one in 2012? We the man and I had this idea for a locator app sort of thing. Little Free Library hosts a world map of all the libraries, but it doesn't show where they are relative to you and you can't copy/paste the addresses to get directions from a map software.

We wanted something fast, a simple list view that just said "here's the closest libraries to you" from where ever you're at.

Luckily LFL data is public (yay!) in the form of a PDF, so we were able to get the data into a format where we could build this up:

Little Library Locator

It can use your location, or an alternate zip code, and show the closest libraries with their addresses linked to google maps so you can get directions and go leave some books. It's been a lot of fun and helped ME even find some more libraries in Wichita, where I swear I had seen them all but our fair city is up to like 20 now. I have a permanent "car library" with me at all times these days, a milk crate full of books with little free library labels on them ready to stock empty libraries.

Happy reading, random book lovers!

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Mar. 29th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
oh cool! Looks like there's several near me; I'll have to check them out
Mar. 29th, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)

There aren't any in my city, but we're pretty small and have a local library.

Savannah has five within 20 miles of me!
Mar. 31st, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
This is very cool! And you are awesome. :)
Mar. 31st, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
Love this one! I've also used the one on LibraryThing, which can find not only LFLs, but also regular libraries and official Bookcrossing zones.
Apr. 8th, 2016 10:26 am (UTC)
We have one nearby that I know of. I picked up an old Bobbsey Twins book (wow, I totally missed the racism as a kid), and I still have Gert Fram. How do you keep track of the books that need to go back? They don't seem to be marked with anything distinguishing.
Apr. 8th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
We stamp our books with "Wichita Little Free Library" but that's just for fun, mostly when we leave them in other states, fun to see where they go. I don't actually care if they come back. Usually they don't. Other books magically come in, people drop them off, our library tends to run at a surplus - I have to take books out when it gets to looking like a slidelock puzzle. I leave the surplus books in libraries in downtown areas and near schools that tend to not run at a surplus. It evens out.
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