Book sharing via KnihoBudka libraries
Name of the initiative: KnihoBudka libraries
Organisation form: Cooperative
Country: Czech Republic
Domain: Book sharing
Starting year: 2013
Keywords: book sharing, KnihoBudka libraries
The KnihoBudka project was created in the summer of 2013. Its aim was to transform seven disused telephone booths into small free public libraries positioned in public spaces in Prague and its surrounding areas. This non-profit project was supported by the Telefónica Foundation via the Think Big programme in collaboration with the Civil Society Development Foundation. The opening of the first KnihoBudka library took place on 9 January 2014 in the IKEM hospital in Prague.
There are currently more than 40 official KnihoBudka libraries all over the Czech Republic and dozens of similar mini libraries. KnihoBudka libraries are used for free loan or swapping of books. People who are interested can borrow a book of their choice, swap a book, or take one without needing to return it, or on the contrary, they can leave their own books for another reader. If they want, users can subsequently return the books they borrow to any KnihoBudka library. Individual businesses or organisations can adopt a KnihoBudka library so to speak, by financing the transformation of an old telephone booth into a functional KnihoBudka library, and thus create a new mini library in their city.
The costs for establishment of one KnihoBudka library amount to approximately CZK 27,000.00 (approx. EUR 1,000.00), of which costs for purchasing the old telephone booth amount to CZK 6,000.00 (approx. EUR 230.00), costs for transportation of the booth to the workshop and then to its final location amount to CZK 5,000.00 (approx. EUR 190.00), costs for repairs, conversion and design of the KnihoBudka library amount to CZK 11,000.00 (approx. EUR 420.00) and costs for its operation amount to CZK 5,000.00 (approx. EUR 190.00).
Interested parties can also sponsor a KnihoBudka library, i.e. contribute towards its operation and management. This project contributes towards practical utilisation of public spaces, making them a little bit special, and providing passers-by with an unusual service . It also offers companies, non-profit organisations or cities space for unconventional promotion, thanks to placement of logos and text on the KnihoBudka library. Apart from the website, information about this project and the individual libraries is also shared on the Facebook pages of KnihoBudka.
Author: Kristyna Koucka, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date added: 5th November 2019