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Is it a phone box, or is it a library? Or both?

MOBILE phones and e-readers are supposed to have sounded the death knell for both public telephone boxes and books.

But I was delighted to find a classic red kiosk that remains in use, not for making calls, but as a Telephone Exchange community library.

Six years ago, BT offered the telephone boxes to local councils for PS1 each.

Holme Valley adopted four, Denby Dale another four and Meltham two.

The plans were to use them to swap books, CDs or DVDs or simply as libraries: borrow a book and put one back.

Other areas of the country have also tried similar schemes that could, despite local enthusiasm, be open to vandalism.

The one I visited at Oldfield is still going strong and I deposited a handful of books to the shelves.

I think it's a brilliant idea, and will be taking along more books, but wonder how the other nine are doing?

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2016
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