Small Free Library

During the fall of 2014, the three tenth grade advisories at the Workshop School are in the process of

researching, designing, building, and installing

Small Free Libraries across the West Philadelphia community. With the help of three partners — the 52nd Street Development Corporation, the University City District, and Bartram’s Garden — we hope to have fifteen of these boxes this fall. Each group developed a proposal for their particular location that described the purpose, the intention of the design, the books to be included, and multiple drafts of their blueprints.


Proposal: Why we are building this library where we are building it

Design Portfolio

  • At least THREE drawings (nobody is perfect)
  • A client interview and description of client needs
  • Final blueprints
  • Summary of work process

Installed Small Free Library


Students present their proposals and construct prototypes.
Small Free Library Project

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