Little Street Library

Little Street Libraries promote literacy, build a sense of community, and encourage the joy of reading.  

Little Street Libraries are being added to locations across the City including parks, residential properties, schools and child care centres. The Little Street Library concept is simple - take a book, leave a book.

The City of Stirling supports the Little Street Libraries concept as it fosters a love of reading by making books freely available at all times in the community.

The following FAQ's aim to clarify the requirements for the installation of Little Street Libraries on residential or public land.

Want to install a Little Street Library on residential land?

Areas near a driveway within 1.5m of where the driveway meets the front boundary are designated as the truncation area, as per the Residential Design Code. These truncation areas ensure safety by providing unobstructed sight lines at vehicle access points.  

Preferably, Little Street Libraries should be positioned outside of the truncation area. In the event that a Little Street Library is located within the truncation area it should not exceed a height of 750mm.

Little Street Library - Residential Design Codes

State Planning Policy 3.1 Residential Design Codes

Little Street Libraries are subject to compliance with Clause 5.2.4 - Street Wall & Fences and Clause 5.2.5 - Sight Lines of the Residential Design Code and larger units may require development approval.

If you are interested in installing your own Little Street Library within your residential property boundary, the following website provides some useful information: https://streetlibrary.org.au.

Want to install a Little Street Library on public land?

The City of Stirling supports Little Street Libraries on public land including neighbourhood parks, where appropriate. However, the City does not support Little Street Libraries on verges or road reserves.  

  • In the first instance, please email the City’s Community Hub Team at littlestreetlibrary@stirling.wa.gov.au and a Community Hub Team Officer will contact you to discuss your proposal
  • Following discussions, a completed Little Street Library on public land application form and final plans must be submitted for approval
  • The City does not provide funding for Little Street Libraries. Any ongoing upkeep and maintenance is the responsibility of the applicant
  • The City of Stirling may remove the Little Street Library should it become a hazard or fall into disrepair. In these cases, a City Officer will contact the applicant to request its removal. Should the applicant not respond within seven days, the City will organise removal of the Little Street Library.

Heritage protection areas

Locations within Heritage Protection Areas may be subject to additional criteria according to the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 and Local Planning Policy 3.1.

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More information

For further information, please contact the City of Stirling’s Community Hub Team at littlestreetlibrary@stirling.wa.gov.au or on (08) 9205 8555.