Red phone box turned into Little Eaton village library

Little Eaton book exchange
Image caption 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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