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Indianapolis Just Got Little Free Libraries Right

Large, artist-designed book-shares are popping up all over town.
The installation at White River State Park.
The installation at White River State Park. Kimberly McNeelan

Some people who try to install modest Little Free Libraries find themselves in spats—or legal kerfuffles—with site owners who accuse them of shrugging off zoning laws. But in Indianapolis, there are city-sanctioned, immersive installations that double as libraries and sculptures.

As part of the project, The Public Collection, local artists constructed elaborate shelves for books donated by the Indianapolis Public Library. The team then secured two-year contracts or permits with homeless shelters, parks, and other locations around town.