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Derbyshire village turns old phone box into library

Postman Martyn Glover
Image caption Postman Martyn Glover thought of a library after seeing it done in Cornwall

A village in Derbyshire has found an unusual use for an old phone box - turning it into a mini library.

BT sold the red cubicle to the parish council of Shirley, near Ashbourne, for £1 in 2009.

Villagers were consulted on what it could be used for and postman Martyn Glover suggested a mini library after seeing a similar venture in Cornwall.

Now residents and visitors use the phone box to exchange books, CDs and DVDs.

Mr Glover said: "I thought it would be perfect for us in Shirley with so many tourists passing through.

"It's free, you don't have to be quiet and it's always open."

The phone box became available when BT decided it would decommission about 2,000 under-used boxes around the country, and sell them off for a pound.

Bill Ellis, from Shirley Parish Council, said: "Even we can stretch to a quid and so it was bought.

"It always seems to be full and I've seen some really nice stuff in there."

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