Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries Find a Home at LMU

The LMU community may have noticed several Little Free Libraries ( that have popped up on the LMU campus. With these kiosks, you can take a book from inside, and/or leave a book for others to enjoy.

“We wanted people to serendipitously discover [the libraries] as they wander,” said John Jackson, outreach librarian at the William H. Hannon Library, who helped bring the idea to campus. “The Little Free Libraries are an example of sharing economy. They depend on free labor – people become passionate about it, and manage it on their own.”

Jackson collaborated with Carolyn Peter, director of the Laband Gallery, John Skidmore, multicraft services supervisor in Facilities and Maintenance; and the Facilities and Maintenance team to bring and install the pieces on campus. They are one part of Laband Gallery’s exhibit “From Clay to the Cloud: The Internet Archive and Our Digital Legacy”, running through March 20. For more information, visit:

Jackson said the exhibit focuses on the Internet Archive, but also has the analog component – cuneiform tablets, Egyptian scrolls, and shows the progression of how information is stored over time, culminating in the digital archive which may or may not be the future of information storage. Check out what faculty, staff, and students are saying on Instagram about the Little Free Libraries at