BBC News – Phone box has new life as library

BBC News – Phone box has new life as library: “A traditional red phone box has been recycled into one of the country’s smallest lending libraries – stocking 100 books.

Villagers from Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset can use the library around the clock, selecting books, DVDs and CDs.

Users simply stock it with a book they have read, swapping it for one they have not.

‘It’s really taken off. The books are constantly changing,’ said parish councillor Bob Dolby.

He added: ‘It is completely full at the moment with books. Anyone is free to come and take a book and leave one that you have already read.

‘This facility has turned a piece of street furniture into a community service in constant use.’

A resident dreamed up the idea when the village lost its phone box and mobile library in quick succession.

Westbury-sub-Mendip Parish Council bought the phone box from BT in a national scheme for a token £1.

BT has received 770 applications for communities to ‘adopt a kiosk’, and so far 350 boxes have been handed over to parish councils.

Phone boxes have been turned into art installations, a shower and even a public toilet.”

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