Traditional red phone box becomes Gozo’s smallest library

One of Gozo’s prettiest villages is ringing the changes.

The traditional red phone box in the heart of San Lawrenz has been converted into one of the smallest lending libraries in the world, stocking 100 books.

The box has been fitted with five wooden shelves and offers Dan Brown thrillers, Agatha Christie murder mysteries, celebrity biographies and even classic romance stories.

The mayor Noel Formosa said the small but perfectly formed library still has a working telephone just in case someone without a mobile phone needs to make a call.

He said: ‘While still giving the telephone service from the same place, we are combating illiteracy by providing books.’

Friends Laurie Xuereb and Tony Harte came up with the initial idea as a service to the village, which has a population of around 670.

Laurie said: ‘We supplied all the original books and with Noel’s support we managed to get it going.

‘We love our village, our community and our great mayor and council who are always open to fresh ideas.’

Another resident said: ‘It’s such a brilliant idea. Our nearest library is in Victoria, so if you don’t want to go into the town but have run out of something to read, you can use this.’

The phone box library in San Lawrenz is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is even lit at night.

Read more: San Lawrenz Local Council