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What should we do with old telephone boxes?

In Britain, they’ve begun turning them into libraries. Our slideshow looks at some locations for potential ‘box libraries’ in Ireland.
Aug 18th 2012, 9:15 AM 13,920 51

THE IDEA OF a book exchange is not a new idea in Ireland.

There are 3,387  ‘Bookcrossers’ in Ireland – these are members of the book sharing site Bookcrossing.com, which allows people to leave a book in a public place to be picked up by others.

The idea is that you leave a label with a code in the book and an instruction to the person who picks it up to log on to bookcrossing.com when they are finished and say where they found it… before leaving it down in another public place for another person to pick up and read.

Now book sharers in Britain have gone an extra step, by converting disused phone boxes into mini libraries. Users of Booklending.com have descended on several villages in the UK and turned the red kiosks into places to borrow books.

But could the idea take off in Ireland?

In 2009, Eircom dismantled half the phone kiosks in the country. A short documentary called Bye Bye Now chronicled the disappearance of so many of these booths, discovering that most of them ended up in a number of scrapyards.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they were kept in place and put to some other good use…

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Jody Clarke

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