How the library got started

The idea of the Free Outdoor Library came from the concept of Free Little Library, a non-profit organization focused on increasing everyone’s access to books in their community and foster stronger relationships between community members through books.

The library at FoCo Cafe became in a reality with the help of Colorado State’s Engineers Without Borders, who helped construct the library and then install it.


The Purpose

The goal of the Free Outdoor Library is foster a greater sense of community through books, as well as to provide continued learning through literature at any time. Literacy and education are often import factors in reducing poverty, but many individuals find themselves with less access to literature.

Having consistent access to books has shown to increase overall success in school and greater success in the workplace. However, according to Free Little Library, 61% of low income families do not have age appropriate books for their children and according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 14% of Americans had a below basic literacy level. The Free Outdoor Library aims to ensure that everyone has access to books whenever they want them.


How You Can Help

One of the best ways to support the Free Outdoor Library is by using it! Check out the library and take a book that interests you. When you are done with the book, you can bring it back and grab another. If you have any books that you would like to share with others, leave the books in the library for others to enjoy.

Spread the word about the library and be sure to check out other outdoor libraries around Fort Collins.

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