New library opens in a Cornish phone box

A former phone box has a new lease of life as a has been transformed into what must be one of the UK's smallest libraries.

The villagers of Point near Truro were so keen to keep using their red phone box that they have turned it into a "book stop".

The old kiosk is now full of biographies, novels and non-fiction publications ,although one thing not on offer is a phone book.

The new venture has proven so popular there are plans to expand it.

One Point resident, Margaret Wilson, said: "It's wonderful. We only get our mobile library every fortnight and I am an avid reader.

"Although I have book cases all over my house, I still find at the end of two weeks I have run out of books to read."

While many traditional phone boxes have disappeared since their peak in 1980 when there were 73,000, Point's kiosk looks set to have a busy future.

Villagers will soon be able to swap plants in the old red phone box as well.

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