Browse for books at phone box
4:03pm Thu May 27, 2010
A traditional red telephone box has been given a new lease of life as a book and DVD exchange.
The phone box is the only one in East Bridgford and has been stocked with unwanted books and DVDs, which people can borrow and return at their leisure.

Parish councillor Mr Phil Clarke said the council bought the box from BT in a national scheme for a token £1.

“Now that everyone has mobile phones, phone boxes have been made redundant,” Mr Clarke said.

“It was decided they were not economical and BT offered them to the community.

“We bought it two years ago but had not decided what to do with it, so it’s just been standing there.”

The council asked the community for ideas and the responses focused on using it as an exchange.

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mrs Kay Cutts, supported the idea and £100 was given towards the refurbishment.

Mr Clarke said: “The phone box has been in use for a few weeks and the public have been great. The shelves are stacked and there’s an interesting selection.”

So far BT has handed about 350 phone boxes over to parish councils. Some have been transformed into art galleries, libraries, information points and even showers.

Mr Clarke said it was lovely to be able to keep the traditional phone box as it was a piece of heritage and state furniture.

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