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Story of a small lending library
A Small Lending Library

The above picture depicts one of the country's smallest lending libraries - stocking 100 books. Isn't it looking like a traditional phone box?

Yes, once it was a phone box and at present it is a library.

An inhabitant dreamed up the idea when the village lost its phone box and mobile library in quick succession.

Westbury-sub-Mendip Parish Council bought the phone box from BT in a national scheme for a token £1.

The library is being used around the clock by villagers from Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset selecting books, DVDs and CDs.

Users simply store it with a book they have read, swapping it for one they have not. "It's really taken off. The books are constantly changing," said parish councillor Bob Dolby. He added: "It is completely full at the moment with books. Anyone is free to come and take a book and leave one that you have already read. "

"This facility has turned a piece of street furniture into a community service in constant use."