Little Free Library Design Competition

Submission: November 11, 2016
Registration: November 11, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: architecture books worth $300
Type: Open


Little Free Libraries® are installed in front yards, community centers, and public spaces all over the world, acting as book exchanges and neighborhood hubs. There are nearly 40,000 of these structures worldwide—connecting people and supporting literacy. Chronicle Books, Little Free Library, and AIASF are inviting architects and designers to rethink this unique structure, and solve some problems identified by stewards—the neighborhood heroes who care for them.


  • Distinctive architectural style
  • Considers to the needs of stewards
  • Addresses a specific environment
  • Plans will be contributed to the LFL community archive
  • Inspires the feelings of surprise + delight
  • Must be able to accommodate a Little Free Library charter sign
  • Must hold at least 25 books
  • Only for Chronicle Books Choice: Must be able to Flat Pack into a carton. Final product cannot weigh (when packed) more than 42lbs (19kg). Materials must be environmentally conscious. 


  • Stewards Choice (Chosen by the Little Free Library Community)
  • Judges Choice (Chosen by the judges, listed below)
  • Chronicle Books Choice (Chosen by the Chronicle Books team, and the design could be considered for large-scale production)


  • Urban, rural, and suburban environments
  • Front yards, community centers, public spaces, schools
  • Book deserts—places with limited access to books


  • A library of architecture books worth $300

  • Production of your design to give to a community in need
  • (Chronicle Books Choice only) You design could be produced large-scale to serve communities around the world


  • We are accepting drawings, concept renderings, models, and even full constructions
  • Submit all creative as PDFs smaller than 50MB
  • Materials can be sent to 680 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94110
  • Email community@chroniclebooks.com with any questions

Go to the competition’s website