Thursday, December 10, 2009
Above: The traditional phone box was bought from BT for £1 [photo BBC]
Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset UK
A traditional red phone box has been reused as a library in the village of Westbury-sub-Mendip. The worlds smallest library regularly gives out books, dvds and cds to the local villagers.
A resident dreamed up the idea when the village lost its phone box and mobile library in quick succession. Users simply stock it with a book they have read, swapping it for one they have not. "It's really taken off. The books are constantly changing," said parish councillor Bob Dolby.
So far BT have given over 350 phone boxes to parish councils, these have been transformed into art installations, a shower and even a public toilet.