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Phone Booth Library

Phone booths have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside, relics of an ancient method of telecommunications. But even though phone booths might not be attracting people who need to make a quick call, in Britain, they’re still finding a function. In the small town of Westbury-sub-Mendip, England villagers have turned their deceased red phone booth into a

Not just a form of street art, the library is an excellent example of upcycling, taking a product that otherwise would have gone to waste and turning it into something more useful. For the time being, the mini-library is one-of-a-kind, but it’s not the only phone booth to be put use; BT has already sold off 350 out-of-use phone booths to local parish councils. What are those used for? Everything from art installations to public bathrooms. Ingenious uses for an iconic British symbol.


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  • Margo

    December 22, 2009

    This is a fabulous idea. I envy this community A. their initiative and B. that they can trust each other enough for this to work.
    Have any of the materials suffered damage from exposure to the elements I wonder? As a bookworm, I must say this is a wonderful adaptation.

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