Little Free Libraries

Our Current Libraries:

One of our ongoing efforts is to install Little Free Libraries throughout New York City, with a particular focus on NYCHA residences and book deserts. These libraries ensure that everyone has 24/7 access to free books—without requiring a proof of residence or charging late fees. They also allow the community to donate books from their own collections to share with both friends and strangers.

So far, we’ve installed 20 libraries throughout NYC. When we initially fill up each library, we prioritize kids, middle-grade, and young adult books written by people of color. It’s important to amplify these voices—and it’s important for kids to see themselves in a story. We also prioritize books about anti-racism, Black liberation, and prison/police abolition. We believe in education, not incarceration; we fully support defunding the police and reinvesting in education and community programs.

In the future, we are planning to customize and build our own libraries with the help of Astoria Woodworkers Collective. If you’d like to help fund materials and other costs, you can venmo us at @RollingLibrary.

You can also help by connecting us with areas that could use a library, volunteering to help fill a library near you, or donating books by authors of color and books in languages other than English. You can check out our donation wishlists here and here to send books directly to the Astoria Food Pantry. Feel free to message us or email us at therollinglibrary@gmail.com with any questions.