May 28, 2022

Rice University: “Little Free Libraries on Campus Encourage ‘Fun’ Reading, Lifetime Learning Habits”

From Rice University:

A trio of new Little Free Libraries have been constructed in the heart of the Rice University campus and they’re already bursting with books to read.

The small libraries — imagine a birdhouse for books — are typically found in residential neighborhoods, and their tiny doors are always open to the public.


And right now, as most standard libraries remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, these Little Free Libraries are more useful than ever.

Thanks to a joint effort between the Faculty Fellows of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Fondren Library and Facilities, Engineering and Planning (FE&P), Rice received its own trio of tiny libraries right in the nick of time.

“The coronavirus came just as they were supposed to get installed,” said Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history and current Faculty Fellows chair with the CTE. The Faculty Fellows used part of their annual budget to fund the project — something she figured would be put on the back burner during the pandemic.


This is only the beginning for these Little Free Libraries. Balabanlilar is partnering with Fondren Library and the School of Architecture on projects and programming around the libraries beginning this fall.

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