Montreal book exchange

It’s great to see the creation of shared public book drops, like this one in front of the Coopérative la Maison Verte on Sherbrooke St in Montréal.

Coopérative la Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke S, where I've enjoyed many a coffee and much company

Coopérative la Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke W, where I’ve enjoyed many a coffee and much company

Take a book, leave one. Public drop-box, on the honor system.

Thanks and praise are due to the non-profit community group Partners for the Benny Library and Montréal NDG/CDN borough director Stéphane Plante, who helped to make these book drops happen. And also to the Coopérative La Maison Verte who made sure to ask to have one installed in front of the store!

A self-serve book drop in Montreal

A self-serve book drop in Montreal

You can read more about similar initiatives elsewhere in the world on the nice website of Little Free Library. This is happening all over the world — the creation of shared spaces for books belonging to anyone and everyone. Free of cost, accessible, and collaborative.

I used to live in the U.S.A., where I took advantage of the incredible free book-swap mailing service PaperbackSwap.com. You can browse what books others have that they no longer wish to keep, and they’ll mail you a book. You, who certainly have some books you want to get rid of, print out a mailing sheet and simply pay the postage, which earns you a credit which you can apply to a book of your choice. If I didn’t live in Canada, I’d be routinely using PaperbackSwap.com still to this day… Check it out, you Americans!

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  • two of them have recently disappeared from the NDG area, does anyone know is this free-book-exchange sidewalk library system has been cancelled? I’ve searched for the answer online but I find myself unable to find any information.

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    • I don’t know! Is the box on Sherbrooke in front of the Co-op La Maison Verte still there? It is something of a community hub & someone there might perhaps know about what’s happened to them.

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