Scotiabank library kiosks to target underserved Canadian communities

Scotiabank is creating custom Little Free Library kiosks, in an effort to provide more books to areas in need throughout the country. Photo courtesy Scotiabank

Scotiabank is creating custom Little Free Library kiosks, in an effort to provide more books to areas in need throughout the country. Photo courtesy Scotiabank

Scotiabank is creating custom Little Free Library kiosks, in an effort to provide more books to areas in need throughout the country. 

Little Free Libraries are public book exchanges people can install in front of their homes. As they are usually only available in areas with disposable income, less fortunate communities are left without access to these resources. These areas are referred to as “book deserts,” as they have sparse access to public libraries, affordable bookstores, and Little Free Libraries.

Scotiabank’s custom library kiosks are designed to fill this gap. Currently located at select branches, these Little Free Libraries will be rehomed to neighbourhoods and communities in need. Scotiabank has already built its first custom Little Free Library in Keswick, Ont.

The bank will be donating copies of this year’s shortlisted Giller Prize novels to Little Free Libraries across Canada. Billboards and signage throughout the country will also allow viewers to scan a QR code and read an extended preview of all the shortlisted novels.

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