This is about our Little Free Library in Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK. This community project was grant aided by West Oxfordshire District Council.
As I have mentioned before, our Little Free Library was grant aided by West Oxfordshire District Council. We received a Community Activities Grant, and as part of that, I had to write a follow-up report, to judge the success of the project. To make that easier, I carried out an online survey, aimed at people in my community that use the Little Free Library. This blog post is primarily about the results of that survey, and the feedback we received. I should point out that all responses to the survey were anonymous, so I don’t know who specifically provided feedback. The main aims of the survey were to see if the original goals of the project were being met, and to get some feedback from users of the Little Free Library.
Here are some highlights from the results:
32 people responded to the survey, which is comparable to previous surveys that I have conducted about the Little Free Library. 50% said they visited the LFL more than once a month but less than every week, and 12% visit it every week.
18% frequently take books from the LFL, 50% sometimes, and 25% once or twice. 6% said they had never taken any books. An incredible 75% said they had donated books into the Little Free Library, which explains why we have had so many donations.
I wanted to know how people had first heard about the Little Free Library in Freeland. 12% said they had seen it in the village, 16% had read about it in the village magazine, 25% had heard about it from someone else, and 38% had seen it on Facebook. A few people had also read about it in the local press.
When asked how the village benefits from the Little Free Library, all respondents agreed that it promotes literacy and a love of reading, provides free books to people of all ages, and fosters a greater sense of community. Some further comments are given below:
“provides a focus for lonelier people who go out to walk each day just to get out of the house”
“My 7 year old son in particularly loves it. Great idea and a brilliant addition to the village”
“I think it’s a fantastic community asset, long may it continue”
“A great asset to this village. My children love visiting and browsing the books”
“It’s absolutely brilliant & more villages should have one”
It has been wonderful to receive such positive feedback. Our Little Free Library has only been up and running since September, so it is still relatively new, but hopefully the community support for it will continue long into the future.