International Students House launch smallest library

The red telephone library will be available for readers in London to share and swap books

Over 50 guests, including alumni member and author Mike Smithson and current students from all over the world gathered at International Students House London to celebrate the launch of central London’s first Little Free Library.

Created by students at International Students House to mark their 50th anniversary, the extremely small library, in the shape of a red telephone box, will be a book nest for everyone in London to share and swap their favourite books. 

Nick Cheshire, Director of the Little Free Library Project UK says: “ISH’s red telephone box is our first little free library for zone 1, London. We want to continue to encourage everyone in London to spread the reading bug and share their favourite titles with each other.”

Peter Anwyl, Executive Director from International Students House said: “Reading brings people together and our Little Free Library will be a great way for our international students to make new friends in the community.”

Cutting the ribbon with Peter Anwyl to officially open the library, John Rogers, author of This Other London (Russell Brand wrote the forward) said: “I feel privileged to have been invited down to open central London’s smallest library which represents two things very close to my heart – London and reading.”

The Little Free Library was created by students at International Students House to mark their 50th anniversary and will be located outside 229 Great Portland Street, London.

Left to right in people picture – Keith Stuart Smith, President of St Marylebone Rotary Club, Mike Smithson, author and alumni of International Students House, Patricia Neville, Business Liaison for the Marylebone Association, Peter Anwyl, Executive Director of International Students House, Nick Cheshire, Director of the Little Free Library Project UK and John Rogers, author of This Other London.

  

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