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Cornish phone box turned into a library

11th March 2011

A phone box in Cornwall has been transformed into one of the smallest libraries in the country after the telephone line was cut off.

Locals in Point, located near Truro, were keen to continue using the red phone box so they turned it into an unofficial library, in which residents can swap titles with other villagers.

The books span a broad range of genres, ranging from thrillers and romantic novels to biographies and nature books, as well as children's titles.

Margaret Wilson, a resident of Point, told the BBC she is happy the phone box will not be left to deteriorate and that locals can broaden their reading.

'It's wonderful. We only get our mobile library every fortnight and I am an avid reader. Although I have bookcases all over my house, I still find at the end of two weeks I have run out of books to read,' she explained.

Last year, a disused phone box in Cambridgeshire was converted into a community art gallery after locals in Prickwillow, Ely, bought it for GBP 1 from BT on the condition it would not be removed.

© W&G Foyle Ltd
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