Derby

Red phone box turned into Little Eaton village library

  • 31 December 2011
  • From the section Derby
Little Eaton book exchange
The red phone box is locked at night but available for use at any other time

A red telephone box which was bought for £1 has been turned into a village library in Derbyshire.

The former public payphone, which was purchased by Little Eaton Parish Council, was converted into a book exchange after a suggestion by the village book club.

The box on Alfreton Road has been stocked through local donations.

Clare Howard, from the book club, said a library was the one facility the village lacked.

"We've got the butcher, a chemist, a doctor, pubs and shops but we didn't have a library," she said.

"The phone box was outside my house, looking a bit shabby and not doing much. Once we knew it was possible we said, 'let's go for it'."

People can go to the exchange take a book and swap it for one of their own or one they are returning.

The idea was inspired by other renovated telephone boxes, including a mini art gallery and tourist information centre.

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