Start your free book exchange network

Reading sets you free, invites you to dream and opens up new worlds for you, but often, once you read it, the books on the shelves are forgotten. With the aim of giving them a second life, the initiative free bookwhich aims to create a network for the exchange of copies through urban libraries installed in public spaces in Córdoba.

Has some kind of library appeared in the garden or yard next to your house? It is the furniture that this initiative uses in the exchange of books. To date, these urban libraries are located in 12 points from the cityalthough any association, group, educational entity, or other public or private body interested in adding a book-sharing space to the network can suggest it.

This project is produced by Wire Creative Studio, aims to give books a second life and create an urban network for the exchange of copies from the community. It is an “initiative to promote access and a love of reading through the exchange of books,” as they explain from El Alambre.

The process is very simple. The idea is to “give freedom to those forgotten books on your shelf and now they can be an opportunity for fun or learning for other people near you”. That’s why they upgraded A Urban Libraries Network At “different meeting points, squares and parks in Córdoba where you can leave your books, pamphlets or magazines and take others home.”

Poetry, narration, essay, theater, children’s plays, illustrations… all genres are valid in this initiative with which we want to create a community network. In fact, it is a good opportunity for children to have fun and be curious while learning about the world of reading.

The system begins to participate and Leave the book in good condition in a library; The second step is reuse And take a copy, and the third point – no less important – is take into account Books and furniture exchanged in it, designed by ConPalet Artesanía. The graphic design was done by Estudio Cuarto Derecha.

points where they are The urban libraries are the Gardens of El Sordillo (Arroyo del Moro), Juan Carlos I (Ciudad Jardín) Park, Asomadilla Park (next to the Nature Classroom), Valdeolleros Square, Colón Square, and Luciana Centeno Social and Cultural. Center (San Agustin), Plaza de las Artes (Vidiana), Fuensanta Pool, Orif Gardens, Plaza de Santa Maria de Tracera (next to the Traciera Civic Center) and Plaza de la Sereria (next to the Civic Center Chari Navarro de Alcolia). Groups interested in adding a book exchange point can contact

Libro Libre ( is inspired by “projects that have been done in other parts of the world,” explains Cecilia Brañas, a member of the El Alhamber Cooperative, who states that there is a global network called Little Free Library, but, unlike these, focuses His proposal to establish an urban network in the capital of Cordoba ” As many areas as possibleAnd that it can extend to other points and even be extrapolated to the province.

Libraries fall into two scenarios: on the one hand, in outdoor spaces On the other hand, in self-managed spaces As in the swimming pool Fuensanta. The requirement is that it be a transit or meeting place. At the beginning of the course, another self-managed library will be established at the Ferroviarios School.

unlike intersection of booksAt Libro Libre, Cecilia says, there is a fixed point that aims to “recognize the image so that people will recognize it and own it.” Al Alambre made this proposal for an invitation from the City Council’s culture delegation to create a network that would extend across the urban land, including the surrounding neighborhoods, which is why Alcolea and Trassierra were chosen. They have started so far 12 points And “each one has his own way and history.”

consensual project

In this sense, Cecilia refers to it I worked with biology associations They consulted county councils “in search of actors in each area who can help us determine the exact location”. For example, the neighborhood association Diana de Fidiana had a particular interest in placing it on the Plaza de las Artes because it is a space they want to revitalize. Likewise, it was placed in Alcolea next to the Civic Center because they “would have taken care of that element” which is the shelves. “We want to draw a wider net,” he says.

They have also collaborated with the Municipal Institute of Environmental Management (Imgema) and Sadeco, who are collaborating on the installation of almost all the shelves through a European project.

The Libro Libre has two basic aspects: the urban book exchange network and “what this element generates in a public space at the cultural level, with the possibilities it offers us Organize activities around the book How does the book relate to other disciplines.

In the Alamber cooperative they receive “a lot positive messages of people who loved seeing a bookcase installed near their homes and “hope that the citizens will take care of this new urban furniture ‘that appeared on the street’ by surprise. First of all, they generate curiosity as to what it is” Cecilia admitted that she was proud to have been able to take them out to Streets.


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