Modeled on the idea of the Little Free Library, community members can now visit the Irish Studies Library in Donahue Hall and browse or adopt a wide range of books. Alumni and patrons of Stonehill College have generously donated books and other printed resources housed here. The aim of this collection is to provide another space on campus where members of the College community can exchange ideas in the form of books they enjoyed or found meaningful. The books are a mix of scholarly and popular readings, ranging from biographies of Irish writers, to educational materials, to philosophical and religious texts, to popular crime novels. Members of the College community are welcome to borrow, exchange, or permanently adopt materials from this collection. There is no checkout process. Simply help yourself! Go to the Stonehill Calendar and enter “Irish Library” in the search all events field to see if the room is in use before visiting.
The Little Free Library project started in 2009 in Wisconsin, when Todd Bol created a miniature one-room schoolhouse library in honor of his mother, a former teacher. According the the Little Free Library organization, “He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.”
The mission of the Little Free Library organization is to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide” and to “build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”
As of January 2014, there were approximately 15,000 Little Free Libraries registered across the world.
To read more about the Little Free Library movement, visit the organization’s website.
For more information on the Irish Studies Library collection, contact Elizabeth Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment and User Engagement by email or by phone at 508.565.1329.