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Share the joy of reading!

Reading is a true delight—it can transport us to far off adventures, teach us about one another, and provide limitless inspiration and motivation. To support literacy in our greater Phoenix community, we’ve created the Nest Library to share reading resources with you. Read on for our list of Little Free Libraries, view places to Donate Used Books, visit our favorite Local Bookstores, and Get Involved on a local level!


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You may have seen these sweet little boxes popping up around Phoenix. What began as an organic movement has gained popularity throughout the U.S., and has become the largest book-sharing movement in the country, now organized by a nonprofit. is a nonprofit organization that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Why Does Book Access Matter?

According to Little Free Library, “We are facing a growing literacy crisis. Today in the United States, more than 30 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Studies have repeatedly shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.

Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we’re working to fill book deserts and grant libraries to underserved communities through our Impact Library Program and other initiatives.”

Phoenix Little Free Libraries

    • DiAnn’s Little Free Library
      • 2815 N. 42nd Way, Phoenix, AZ 85008

    • Piper’s Little Free Library
      • 4429 N. 29th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017

    • Little Free Library Charter #31010
      • 513 W. Wilshire Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Start Your Own Little Free Library!

Looking for a great way to connect with your neighborhood in 2021? How about starting your own Little Free Library book-sharing box! The Little Free Library library models are weather-resistant, low-maintenance, and are all built by Amish craftspeople in America. If you build your own library, make sure to register it with one of the charter signs!


Share the joy of reading by donating your used books!

The Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association Book Sale is always in need of donations to support their mission of supporting local literacy charities. Visit their website for more info to see what kinds of donations are accepted, plus the 14 locations throughout the area where you can drop off your books.

The Friends of the Phoenix Public Library also accept gently used books for use in service to the library. Check out the guidelines online and drop off books at any library location, or in these drop boxes:

    • Book Donation Warehouse: 1330 North 29th Dr., Phoenix, AZ
    • Saguaro Library: 2808 N. 46th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008
    • Century Library: 1750 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016


We love local, and we love books! So what better way to support the community than purchasing your books at one of our marvelous local bookstores?! Here are a few of our favorites:

Did we miss one of your faves? We want to hear about it!


Eager to get involved? You can volunteer, donate, become a reading tutor…

    • Read Better Be Better
      • Read Better Be Better’s mission is to connect young readers and youth leaders to inspire a love of literacy and learning. The organization’s after-school and in-person programs serve second through fourth grade readers who are paired for a semester with middle through high school leaders who improve their leadership skills while helping their reader improve their literacy skills. Explore volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities to see how you can help.
    • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County
      • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, a 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit organization, provides free educational services to adults who desire to learn to read, obtain the High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by preparing them for the GED®, or learn to communicate in English. Visit their website to join the team as a volunteer.

We hope you enjoyed this round up of reading resources. Is there something we missed? We’d love to hear other ways that you are supporting literacy in our community!

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