-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

Seemingly overnight, Free Libraries have magically popped up throughout German Village. If you are not familiar with the Little Free Library program, it is a neighborhood book sharing program that allows someone passing by to take a book to read or to place a book that they would like to share. Book clubs and individuals across the nation have paid to have them installed in neighborhoods and parks.

Unlike the elf doors or tiny houses in Schiller Park, Little Free Libraries are a permanent addition to the neighborhood and homeowners are required to receive a Certificate of Appropriateness for them. Little Free Libraries come in a myriad of shapes, colors, and sizes, so it is best to verify that the design you choose is contributing to the neighborhood and not distracting from the historic architecture.

Do you have any questions about the Certificate of Appropriateness process or need to verify your property improvement project needs to be applied for? Email me at smarsom@germanvillage.com or call 221-8888.