Dallas City Council To Regulate Little Free Libraries

DALLAS - They’ve been around for years: Little Free Libraries. They’re little literary posts in yards that lets you check out books totally on the honor system.

But now the city of Dallas wants to regulate your free reads and put some strict rules on the books, for the book posts. Like how big they can be or where you put them in your yard.

“They can’t just put it right at the tippy tippy edge of their property next to their neighbor's property,” Dallas Council member Sandy Greyson said.

But a study found that half of Dallas’s 49 little library’s would be illegal if the city council passes new rules.

“It’s something so simple I can’t imagine anyone would take issue with it one way or the other. I don’t see why it needs to be regulated," said Steven Janeway, a Little Forest Hills resident

The city worries some little libraries will eventually show up with ads. They also point out, if you consider the little libraries as storage units, ordinances on sheds would make them illegal.

The city says it wants to make them legal and a full vote on the matter will go before city council.