Free outdoor libraries are a popular tool for encouraging vibrant, connected public spaces and increasing access to books. In Dallas, the Little Free Libraries/Libros Libres program, inspired by Little Free Libraries, has brought together local artists, designers, and community leaders to design and build a range of public outdoor book exchanges in West Dallas, South Dallas/Fair Park, and south Oak Cliff.

All libraries operate under the guiding principle of "take a book, leave a book," are publicly accessible, and free. The design and function of the libraries are site-specific and developed through a collaboration with designers, users, and community leaders. An emphasis on participatory design and programming at each step of the process makes this program unique.

In summer 2015, Libros Libres completed its second round of libraries with the generous support of the Real Estate Council foundation and is now in the planning stages for the next series.


Community Meeting Design Review More Design Review Gardner Prep Gardner Prep McCarty-Maathai Moorland YMCA Oak Cliff YMCA Oak Cliff YMCA CitySquare Avance Vogel Alcove Jerome McNeil Habitat for Humanity Mill City Vogel Alcove Lake West Vecinos Unidos Readers 2 Leaders Vecinos Unidos A B C D E F G H I


These are the locations for Little Free Libraries/Libros Libres as part of this project. To find a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, check this map.

2015 TEAMS: South Oak Cliff
These designers and stewards worked together to bring beautiful and site-specific little free libraries to South Oak Cliff.

YMCA Oak CliffKeith VinsonClemente Jaquez, Triston Porter, Mohammed Dinn, Matthew Spaniol, Drew Brooks
YMCA MoorlandKeith VinsonRick Fontenot, Maggie Winter
Village Oaks Hall of ChampionsKea WestbrookTREC Young Guns; Sindhu Gundimeda, Ross Kistler, Tyler Berns, Zach Fowler, Cole Gearhart
Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball CenterTrina Terrell TREC Young Guns; Justin Drabek, Clay Phillips, Audrey Burns, Laura Enger, Evan Lloyd, Dardan Hoxha, Sara Hooker, Monica Strauss
McCarty & Maathai Community GardenCresanda Allen & Roesanda AllenJoseph Guzman, Michael Cochran, Jes Spires
Gardner Preparatory SchoolLazonda GardnerAJ Benjamin

Vogel Alcove Opportunity Center Cornerstone Mill City MLK TR Hoover St Phillips Habitat for Humanity Jerome McNeil Lake West Readers 2 Leaders Vecinos Unidos Muncie

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Little Free Libraries/Libros Libres is a joint project facilitated by Big Thought, bcWORKSHOP and the Dallas Public Library, and is realized in collaboration with Little Free Library, a Wisconsin non-profit, which has registered more than 10,000 book exchanges across the world since 2009.