Make Your Own Little Free Library

March 2, 2013 - 9:00 am

2701 2nd Street

Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Coralville has thrown its support to the UNESCO City of Literature's Little Free Library program by custom-designing a do-it-yourself library kit and offering a build seminar to those interested. The cost to attend one of the seminars is $75, which includes the cost of the kit, use of tools and equipment, and technical assistance from Lowe's staff. The post, hardware, and other materials to finish the installation of the LFL are not included. 

The seminar is scheduled Saturday, March 2. It will begin at 9 a.m. at Lowe's, located at 2701 2nd Street in Coralville, just past the Hwy 965 intersection. A limited number of workshop spaces are available. To register, visit After the workshops, Lowe's staff will be happy to assist participants in the selection of additional materials or supplies that will allow unique, personal customization of their Little Free Libraries. 

Part of the $75 fee will cover Lowe's material/hardware costs, while the remainder will be donated to the UNESCO City of Literature Little Free Library program to help fund even more mini-libraries in Johnson County. Cost of the Lowe's kits are much lower than those available from other sources, which range from $250 to $600, plus shipping. 

Little Free Libraries are the tiny repositories of books that have popped up in neighborhoods across the country, encouraging neighbors or passersby to take a book or leave a book, free of charge. The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature has partnered with Little Free Libraries to build and support the program in the Iowa City community, and the City of Iowa City has committed funds through a Program for Improving Neighborhoods (PIN) grant program to help get the program started in the Longfellow, Grant Wood, Goosetown, Northside, Melrose, and Miller-Orchard neighborhoods. 

For more information, contact Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Services Planner, at 319.356.5237 or