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Populsdorfer Eli a street of city Bon in Germany, where the books are kept in a cupboard, Niether have any lock nor any alarm. People open the cupborard and take the books with them and after reading the same they reshelf the book. 

This is a phenomenal library of Book-lovers in the Bon city of Germeney. The name given to this library is “Ofner Buesher Shronk” which means “the open shelf of Books”. Nine years ago the idea was given by a university student which now become a blessing for Book Lovers.


Thus it began -

A person linked to this project Mr. Andre Shlog says that, Their Citizen Foundation “Buerger Shtefutung” organizes a competition every year. In this event participents are supposed to give new ideas for welfare of Bon City. In 2002 a university student has proposed to make this kind of library. The members of “Buerger Shtefutung” have liked this idea very much. In 2003 it had taken shape and the first Open book cupboard had been started. Now these have been increased to 6. 2 cupboards have been placed at hospitals and other places. Each and every year a new cupboard get placed somewhere. 

Benifits to people of all age groups -   

According to Shlog, “In 2013 the first cupboard would complete its 10 years. Children, Sinior Citizens, Ladies, and students all take benefits daily. Always It gets surrounded by the crowd.” It is very much useful to those who can’t afford buying expensive books, but want to read. They are just supposed to come to this cupboard.

Circulation of Two Thousand Books -    

300 books are kept in each cupboard. There are total of 2000 books in all cupboards of the city. These books get replaced with 2-3 days. The benifit of same is that each time readers get new books and even at no cost. Lthough most of the books are available in germen only, but some time people put some books of English and Turkish too.

Fifty Cities have accepted the model -   

In the short period of time this model of phenomenal library started from the Bon city has been become popular up to great extent. At present the libraries based on this model are being run in more than 50 cities of Germeny. Shlog says on every weekend we receive phone calls from different cities asking information about the open cupboard. We wish that this type of system should be created in all over the world so that people could read more and more books.

Respect for Books -   

On question of book lose or non-return of books Shlog says the local people have a great respect for books. They do not make any damage to books. The people who take the books also reshelf the books. According to Shlog They daily passes through the cupboard kept in the Populsdorfer Eli street. Every day new books are seen to them.

The opening of Citizen Foundation “Buerger Shtefutung” has been made by 170 members. Each and every members has collected 500 Euro or more. Using the interest of this amount organization run different walfare scheme. The newspaper is also published for 6 to 10 years children quarterly. 30 Thousand Euros get spent on Idea competition every year.



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The Footpath Library aims to make books more accessible to the homeless and disadvantaged members of our society, change our attitudes to these people and encourage literacy.

Absolutely Right Sir

Can you translate these into English?

Wonderfull Idea

India me saari books CHOORI ho jayengi....................

Ek baar koi le gaya to wapas hi nahi rakh k jayega...................

kah to sahi rahai aap. par foot path library ki yadi suruaat ho jay to kitna achha hoga. 

Choro se bachane ke liye kuch upay bi to kar sakte hai.

Haan Chooro se bachaney k liye hum books ko chain me baand k rakh saktey hain pahley ki tarah...........

chain se badhna yah koi hal nahi hai. kyo ki jise chori karna hai. vah to karega hi. hamaaas paas hi dekhe to kai choriyan aye din hoti unmese maximum log apni vastuo ko security/safety ke sath rakhne ke bavjud chori ho jati hai. 

@Ahmad Parvez
Ya, you are right. Even when I get this information then I thought why it cannot be done in India. Immediately I also made a plan, then I stop thinking its negative side of implication in India. We are still not literate in the true sense.

ya it is good idea and we can implement in our country also

I am Satisfied with this innovative idea


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