Little Free LibrariesÂ®
Interrogating the impact of the branded book exchange
In this article, we critique the phenomenon of Little Free LibrariesÂ® (LFLÂ®), the non-profit organization dedicated to sharing books with oneâ€™s neighbours. Through our engagement with the discourses, narratives and geographies of the LFLÂ® movement, we argue that the organization represents the corporatization of literary philanthropy, and is an active participant in the civic crowdfunding activities of the non-profit industrial complex. The visible positioning of these book exchanges, particularly on private property in gentrified urban landscapes, offers a materialization of these neoliberal politics at street level. Drawing primarily upon one of the authorâ€™s experiences as an LFLÂ® steward, as well as critical discourse and GIS analysis, we offer constructive critiques of the organization and their mission, and suggest that the principles of community-led library practice can be more effectively employed to harness the enthusiasm of these self-described â€œliteracy warriors.â€
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