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Public bookcase

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This simple map shows public bookcases near you. The information is loaded from OpenStreetMap.

What are public bookcases?

A public or open bookcase is a cabinet, shelf or box used for the exchange and storage of books. The public bookcase is available to the general public. The exchange is free of charge, anonymous and without any formalities.

Why this map?

I have not found a map showing the open bookcases, street libraries, bookboxes, reading boxes, open bookshelves and reading banks from OSM. Because I find the public bookcases a good thing and want to support it, I have created this map.


  • Sale
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Customers only
  • Lit
  • Indoor
  • Borrow only
  • Free to take or give
  • Free to take
  • Capacity

Is this map also available as an app?

You can add this map to your homescreen from your smartphone. Use the "add to homescreen" function in your browser (iOS, Android, etc.)

How can I register a public bookcase?

Thank you very much for your commitment! OpenStreetMap is a project that anyone can participate in. Everything goes through the website, the tools are designed so simple that anyone can use them.

Checkout the Open Bookcase Map from MapComplete, for a step-by-step introduction to OpenStreetMap.

How to document a public bookcase is described on this wiki page.

Can I do this without registering?

Yes. Use the note button in the map corner.

Is there anything else to do?

Sure, helping hands are always welcome and there is something for everyone to do.

Do you like to be outside?

Then find public bookcases and add them in OSM. Always check if they really exist by visiting them.

Vespucci (Android) and Go Map!! (iOS) are useful helpers on the road.

Do you like to take pictures?

Visit already registered public bookcases and photograph them and link the picture in OpenStreetMap. The map supports the tags mapillary, flickr, wikimedia_commons and image. Wiki page about Photo linking

Do you want to translate the map into your language?

The texts are located in the src folder in the files local.ts, index.html and Send me a pull request via GitHub or contact me directly.

Can you program?

Then improve this map and send me a Pull Requests. Click here to go to the project website of the public bookcase map


  • You have an idea how the map can be extended? Send me an issue via GitHub or a message via my contact page.
  • Share this map with your friends.
  • Exchange books.
  • Support me with coffee and cake.
  • Enjoy reading and life. ;)

I have a website, can I use this map?

Yes. The app is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.0. The code is free for use, copying and modification if you publish under the same license.

The code can be used as a basis for your own theme map.

View the source code of this map on GitHub

I cannot program, how can I create my own theme map?

Try one of the following services:

Other maps based on OpenStreetMap


More maps for inspiration:

  • A map that shows facilities and services that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Sustainable
  • A map with public and free facilities and offers. Priceless

Support me with coffee and cake 🍰: